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Make music wearing the Imaginary Marching Band

Series of open-source gloves being created by New York artist and performer let the wearer make music through pantomime.

Imaginary Marching Band
Scott Peterman

Seems like gloves that manipulate music are this month's must-have fashion accessory. The Imaginary Marching Band consists of several pairs of open-source gloves that let you create music as though you were playing actual instruments.

Imaginary Marching Band
An early prototype of the Imaginary Trumpet. Scott Peterman

Using the Arduino-based wearable instruments--which can reproduce notes using MIDI data output via USB--you can produce the sounds of the trumpet, trombone, tuba, snare drum, bass drum, and cymbals. The gloves can be used with any audio-editing software.

Here's a video of the gloves in action:

The music-making gloves are the creation of Scott Peterman, a New York performer, artist, and inventor.

"The Imaginary Marching Band proposes a reality where technology helps us interact with the real world in more memorable, unique, and ultimately fun ways," Peterman says on his Kickstarter page. "It is also a performance piece--an actual band of skilled musicians who will use these new tools to craft a one-of-a-kind stage experience."

From the video, it seems the notes produced do not sound as authentic as their brass counterparts, so don't expect to start a full orchestral concert with them quite yet.

(Source: Crave Asia)