Imogen Heap releases updated Mi.Mu gloves
British music tech company Mi.Mu, founded by Grammy award-winning artist Imogen Heap, has announced the launch of its newly designed Mi.Mu gloves, signalling a step forward in gestural performance technology.
The second iteration of the gloves, which turn hand gestures into music, aims to appeal to a much broader audience with improved user friendliness and affordability. The new design offers improved build quality, stronger wireless communication and more accurate gesture control.
Musical artist and tech innovator Imogen Heap founded Mi.Mu in 2010, in collaboration with a team of specialist musicians, artists, scientists and technologists. The company was borne out of a desire to use the movement of the human body to “free performers from the typical musical setup of knobs, buttons and sliders.”
Mi.Mu gloves allow artists to control their musical performances without the need for wires or other equipment. Through Mi.Mu ‘Glover’ software, performers can map gestures to music software such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro, using artificial intelligence to mix and customise gestures into “near-limitless” combinations.
The gloves have a six-hour battery life and use low-latency wifi communication.
“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,” says Mi.Mu managing director Adam Stark.
“The gloves are the result of years of research and development into new ways to compose and perform music”
“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,” adds Stark.
The first edition of the Mi.Mu gloves became publicly available in 2014, with performers from classical pianists, to film composers, to beatboxers making use of the gloves’ potential. Ariana Grande used the gloves on her 2015 world tour.
Heap is currently showcasing the gloves on her Mycelia world tour.
“[I am] so happy that we are finally able to extend the incredible superhuman feeling of having music in our hands out to a wider audience,” comments Heap. “You just have to remember to open your eyes during a performance, as it becomes so second nature!”
One of the earliest adopters of blockchain technology in music, Heap serves in an advisory role at cryptocurrency-powered live music marketplace Viberate.
Heap is also the mastermind behind the Creative Passports project, a digital database of all verified profile information for music makers. The passport uses blockchain to enable easy payments between creators and aims to create a digital identity standard for the music industry.
The new gloves are available to pre-order from now via the MI.MU website, priced at £2,500 a pair, with general sale beginning from 1 July.
Jetty signs FKP Scorpio, expands to Norway
Swedish event management software company Jetty has agreed two new partnerships, including its first deal with a client in neighbouring Norway.
Its first Norwegian customer is Oslo theatre Det Andre Teatret (pictured), with the deal of “strategic importance to the company in several ways,” explains Jetty CEO Dan Sonesson. “First, it is Jetty’s first business in Norway, and partly an entry into a new [market] segment: institutions, which includes activities such as theatres, opera houses and dance societies.
“Institutions are an area we have not previously been active in, but the Jetty event management system works well and this sector has the potential to become a major future market, both locally and globally.”
“We are very pleased and proud to start a partnership with FKP Scorpio Sweden”
The second new agreement is with FKP Scorpio Sweden, part of Germany’s FKP Scorpio group, the Stockholm-based promoter of Where’s the Music? festival, as well as shows across Sweden.
“We are very pleased and proud to start a partnership with FKP Scorpio Sweden, and that they have chosen Jetty as their event management system,” continues Sonesson.
Jetty AB sells and operates Jetty, a business management system for events and festivals that launched in 2011. Its clients include Roskilde Festival, Göteborg & Co, Liseberg, Svenska Konståkningsförbundet, Malmö city, Stureplansgruppen Event, Epicenter and the city of Stockholm.
The company closed a successful initial public offering on 16 October, raising SEK 10,062,500 (US$1.1m) ahead of a listing on the Spotlight Stock Market.
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