Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Gloves Project
The Gloves Project
The topic that I chose in representation of new media is The Gloves Project or musical gloves. These gloves are currently being developed by the singer and experimental musician Imogen Heap. The purpose of these gloves is to control different parameters of MIDI information through the movement of the arms and hands. What this actually means is a revolutionary way for artists to create music through dance and hand gestures. I believe we have not seen anything like this before and its going to open many doors to creativity.
These gloves are routed through a Digital Audio Workstation and they control many different parameters such as cutoff, resonance, pitch and different instruments through MIDI information. They are still being developed and the team behind this idea is working to improve the technologies and make it the best quality it could be. At the moment they count with sensor technology that converts the tightness of the grip and positioning of the hand to MIDI information that affects signal in many different ways.
This project is not yet out for consumers so we have not yet seen the impact that a product like this will have for music and art in general. We could speculate that something like this is going to revolutionize the way we make music and will be great for artists to make music while going with the "flow". We could go as far as thinking that music might not be the only thing these gloves are going to change. If we just go as far as looking at other art forms, this product could also control visuals in the same way. I believe a lot of people are going to want to incorporate this to their live sets and are going to get creative with in the way that they have always done it with every new technology that changes the game.