TEDGlobal: Imogen Heap’s Musical Gloves Manipulate Sound With Hand Gestures
Developed by Dr. Thomas Mitchell, a lecturer and researcher at the University of the West of England, the high tech gloves connect an interface to a live musical production system controlled entirely with hand gestures. Sounds can be recorded, synthesized and manipulated live on stage using intuitive hand movements.
Dr. Mitchell explains:
It is really exciting to launch the gestural music system at TED this summer. It takes improvisation to a new level and frees the artist from interactions with electronic equipment on stage. Imogen’s performance will not make use of any pre-recorded material – the gestures she makes will control the sounds that the TED attendees will hear. For example by making a grasping motion she can ‘catch’ the sound of her voice or any other instrument, she can then filter these sounds by clasping her hands together and then ‘release’ the sound again by opening her hands. She can build layers of music, point and play invisible synthesisers and drums. The creative possibilities are huge and it’s really engaging to watch.
Still much an ongoing research project, it will take years before it reaches store shelves, if ever. But we’ll see the video on TED in few days: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2011/