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London’s Imo­gen Heap

rose to promi­nence in 2005 as the sort of pop­stress you’d hear as the cred­its rolled on a TV teen

drama, later scor­ing an in­ter­na­tional smash with croony torch song What You Say. Another Dido, the mu­sic press chimed at once, dis­mis­sively. Not so, thanks

to Heap’s cut­ting-edge de­vel­op­ment of mu­sic ware. In 2011, she de­buted a pair of gloves that use in-built MIDI con­trollers re­motely linked up to key­boards and synths

to al­low her to cre­ate sound­scapes dic­tated by her hand ges­tures. It’s the sort of thing seen in ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ica com­mu­ni­ties – Bris­tol sound artist Shit­mat was known

for tap­ing Nin­tendo Wii con­trollers to his hands for a sim­i­lar use be­fore re­tir­ing in 2012 – but Heap is drag­ging this tech­nol­ogy thrillingly

into the main­stream.

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