Music Glove

morreale Sunday 26 of May, 2019
This YouTube video describes how to make a music glove based on the BBC Micro:bit. The Micro:bit can be programmed in Blocks, JavaScript, Python, and Scratch. The glove is sown together in real time with Alex Glow and Helen Leigh who designed the glove and teaches music technology. Alex and Helen discuss many topics while building glove and the links to some of these topics are shown below. I’m fascinated with the idea that the glove can be used create music by converting gestures and accelerometer data from the Micro:bit to MIDI commands that can control MIDI instruments.


The MINI.MU Music Glove


@HelenLeigh on Twitter

Daphne Oram founded the BBC radiographic workshop and composed electronic music. She developed a technique for created music and it named after her – Oramics.


Delia Derbyshire was a musician and electronic music composer at the radiographic workshop. She is known for creating the Doctor Who theme. The BBC released a documentary on the Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire in 2010 and a short documentary The Delian Mode was released the year before.

Pure Data (or just Pd) is an open source visual programming language for multimedia.


Matrix Voice is a voice development board used to create IoT voice apps. The board is compatible with the Raspberry Pi and more information about it can be found in The MagPi Matrix Voice Review article.


SuperCollider is a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound.


The Sister Moon art project transmits voice and instruments at the moon and records the reflected signal. The project was developed by Marine Nicole Rojina and uses the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands.

dadamachines Doppler is a new platform for open music hardware. It contains an ARM microprocessor and an Lattice ICE FPGA. Software can be developed using the Arduino IDE. A review of the board can be found at ycombinator.


Teardown 2019 is a hacking, discovering, and sharing hardware event.

Vulpestruments has a blog that describes how to connect the music glove to a MIDI controller.

The Music Glove on Computerphile.