On performance: Imogen heap’s magical music gloves (wearable technologies)
February 6, 2015
Back in 2006, I saw an inspiring video of Emilie Simon live, wearing a trigger-sleeve (she triggers samples on her arm with a gadget).
I never shy away from technological advancements, even back a few years ago when there was a movement of resistance towards technology... Hard to imagine now - it seems that with the smart phones and smart wearable technologies, the world has finally embraced it. Thanks all mighty.
A few years ago I had the vision of using loopers & triggers on stage in order to re-create, live, the full effect on the music I had on my album. It is still use this on stage, but last year when I played the One ‘man’ Band Festival, the loopers took a long time to set-up and where pretty cumbersome to bring and to set-up. Also, I kept looking down on my triggers and mixers instead of interacting with the audience… these are some of the disadvantages of working with equipment on stage... Sometimes you might see electronic band just staring at their laptop on stage... Not fun to watch really.
So, a few years ago I heard that Imogen heap has been working on what she calls her ‘music magic gloves’. Since then, I thought the gloves where pretty cool... but thought they were limited to changing volume and effects of the song during a show…. Turns out, she has been intensely working on the technology; she can record, loop, stop and play any instrument, in real time, virtually, without touching anything but thin air.