The Future of Music? Imogen Heap and her Musical Gloves

Imogen Heap has always been on the creative cutting edge of integrating technology with music performance. She uses all sorts of electronic devices, samplers, vocoders, etc. in her music. You are probably most familiar with her music from Jason Derulo’s song “Whatcha Say”. Did you know that the chorus of that song actually came from Imogen Heap’s song “Hide and Seek” which debuted on The O.C. season two finale in 2005?

Over the past year Imogen Heap has been working with an engineering team to develop musical gloves. With these gloves, she is able to use them in a live performance to make different sounds/play instruments in the air with various hand movements and gestures. She can record live sound and then instantly repeat or loop and alter the sound with effects. Where she stands on the stage can even create reverb effects, or add a harmony to her voice like a vocoder.

Check out this video! Imogen Heap explains how the gloves work and then gives a performance with the gloves starting at 13:25.

What do you think? Is this the future of music? Can these gloves be considered an instrument? Do you like it? Would you ever want to use something like this to create music? Comment with your opinions below!


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