Imogen Heap’s “MI.MU” Gloves Are Improving The Way Artists Play Music.

Development in music is an ongoing thing and I personally love to see the different ways the people can improve something or simply make something cool. I have a personal attachment to weird and unconventional music and music methodology, so when I came across Imogen Heap’s MI.MU gloves (pronounced: ME-moo) I was captivated by what it could do.

To start off, MI.MU is an open source hardware/software that’s shaped like a glove and is meant for people to make or perform music in a much more organic way. It tracks the position of your hand in real space as well as specific finger positioning and assigns those values to different parameters. Whoa, what the heck does that mean? Well, when you move your hand up or down, you can control the pitch of a sound or when you make a fist and then open your palm it could stop or start a melody. It’s meant to be able to have all kinds of control features in as many ways as you can think.

The way many artists come across music is going to be different between different people, but I have found that between musical artists i’ve met and myself, there is a struggle to try and be “interesting.” To be interesting in music is a difficult task because it not only includes the actual content of the music like instruments or sound effects, but how they’re used and played. When you work in a digital environment, it takes a lot of work to try and program every single note of a melody or bass-line and then make that sound interesting, and then try and make it sound “natural” within the song itself. One way many musical producers combat this is to have MIDI controllers (a device that can take input from something like tapping a piano key and turn it into musical data) and try to twist a knob in a way that sounds like a voice. This is great and the technology has progressed a long way to make it more accurate, but I just find the MI.MU gloves to be so fascinating as a MIDI controller instead because you now have your whole arm as a controller and not a twisting knob.

This kind of technology is also a great way to get a crowd more involved like with Ariana Grandes “Why Try” with the MI.MU gloves.

2 thoughts on “Imogen Heap’s “MI.MU” Gloves Are Improving The Way Artists Play Music.

  1. Hi Sean, I feel like you did a really good job on writing about this type of product. You made it informative and easy to navigate. You tone was very welcoming and professional like which therefore made you sound like you know what you are talking about. I like you link to the YouTube video of Ariana Grandes. It made the post even more attached because of how she was demonstrating some of the actions on how the glove works. Another great thing you did in the post was have how to pronounce the word which helps readers understand how to say it instead of guessing. One thing you could implement is a more enticing title because I feel like it may not grab a viewers eye as much as a little more descriptive title would. Thanks for another great post!

  2. I remember seeing a different video of Ariana Grande playing around with the gloves a while ago and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I didn’t know what they were called and never did any research but when I saw your post I suspected it was the same gloves and I was right. I think you did a good job of explaining how they work and the video is a clear example of how they are used. Not only are they helping artists improve their music but they are also a fun thing to try out and play around with. I wonder if there will be more versions of the gloves and maybe different aesthetic designs that would match the performers outfit.

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