British music tech company MI.MU has launched its newly-designed MI.MU gloves, representing a step forward in gestural performance technology.
Founded by Grammy award-winning musical artist Imogen Heap in 2010 in collaboration with a team of specialist musicians, artists, scientists and technologists, MI.MU was borne out of a desire to use the complex movement of the human body to free performers from the typical musical set ups of knobs, buttons and sliders.
Making use of a customisable series of gestures – finger movements, hand gestures, and arm motion – MI.MU gloves are said to give artists total control over their musical performances without the need for wires and other equipment. The gloves have a six-hour battery life and low-latency wifi communication, and through MI.MU ‘Glover’ software, performers can map gestures to music software, such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro, with Artificial Intelligence (AI), allowing the performer to mix and customise gestures into a multitude of combinations.
The first MI.MU gloves became publicly available in 2014 with a variety of performers utilising them, from classical pianists, to film composers, and beatboxers, as well as pop star Ariana Grande, who used the gloves on her 2015 world tour.
Adam Stark, managing director of MI.MU, said: “We are hugely proud to release the MI·MU gloves to musicians everywhere, and we can’t wait to see what they do with them. The gloves are the result of years of research and development into new ways to compose and perform music. We believe the gloves will enable musicians to discover new forms of expression, leading to new ideas, new performances and, ultimately, new forms of music.”
Imogen Heap commented: “I’m so happy that we are finally able to extend the incredible superhuman feeling of having music in our hands out to a wider audience. You just have to remember to open your eyes during a performance, as it becomes so second nature!”
The new version of MI.MU gloves offer improved build quality, stronger wireless communication, and more accurate gesture control. Available to pre-order now via the MI.MU website, the MI.MU gloves will be priced at £2,500 a pair, with general sale beginning from July 1.