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.