Kris Halpin is a professional musician and singer songwriter. In 2014 Halpin, who has an impairment that is making guitar and piano playing increasingly difficult, approached Drake Music to work with us to explore new technology that could allow him to continue making music as an expressive performer.
He is now working with the MiMu gloves through our DMLab programme and has said that the technology has literally changed his life.
Here you can see him creating and controlling sounds using gestures. The gloves are calibrated to Kris, meaning each gesture is uniquely developed and can be expertly controlled.
The MiMu gloves are a musical interface developed by a team led by Imogen Heap, now a Drake Music advocate.
Looking for a more expressive way to use music technology on stage, Imogen put together a team who, over many years, and with a lot of work, have come up with a gestural device which is both one of the most expressive and deep interfaces we have seen, but also one of the most difficult to truly master, giving a depth of experience and engagement more normally seen in the playing of traditional instruments.