MUSIC PERFORMANCE: IMOGEN HEAP & TOM MITCHELL

Video Performance information: Imogen Heap performs using ‘Musical gloves’ invented by Bristol’s Tom Mitchell, from University of the West of England.

“Imogen is an eccentric, innovative musician who blends aspects of the world around her into a beautiful universe of song.” @Jack – Twitter Founder

ABOUT THE PERFORMER:

Imogen Heap, is a four-time Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist who began writing music by her 13th birthday (and broke America by her 28th), Imogen Heap has been described as an innovative singer-songwriter with a quirky and inspirational character a tech savvy musician with an eccentric sense of style and uniquely graceful music.

Visit Imogen Heap’s website to listen to her latest songs, and to buy her albums : www.imogenheap.com

Imogen, is a profoundly English artist whose songs transcend time and place to conjure captivating digital dreamscapes of love, loss and hopefulness. Her distinct, eclectronic-style – a brilliant kaleidoscopic symphony of voices, beats, sounds and emotions – mixing beautiful lyrics with breathtaking melodies, traditional instrumentation with computers, to create a sound that’s folk-hued and digital and sparks the imagination.

In 2010, Imogen Heap performed at the WOMAD Festival with guest beatboxing-musician Shlomo.

 

Follow Imogen Heap on Twitter at : @ImogenHeap

ABOUT TOM MITCHELL AND THE MUSICAL GLOVES:

Tom Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in Music Systems at UWE Bristol who has previously worked as a software developer/engineer. He received a first class BSc(Hons) degree in Music Systems Engineering from the UWE Bristol in 2002, where he was later awarded a PhD and PGCertHE in 2008.

Tom’s research explores the intersection between Evolutionary Computation and audio synthesis, with the application of Evolutionary Algorithms to optimise parameters for unsupervised sound matching.

Alongside his research, Tom has worked as a freelance electronic musician/performer and has created bespoke compositions for art exhibitions, installations and fashion shows.

In the Music Performance above, Watch Imogen Heap as she demonstrates Tom Mitchell’s latest creation, a pair of musical gloves that allow wearers/musicians to manipulate music/samples using just hand gestures.

For more information about Tom Mitchell’s work at University of the West of England, please visit : http://fet.uwe.ac.uk/staff/staffDetails.asp?id=97000899

NEWS STORY FROM : BBC BRISTOL  ( link: CLICK HERE )

Grammy award winner Imogen Heap at Bristol’s UWE

Less than a fortnight ago Imogen Heap was among the great and good of the music world in LA, picking up a Grammy for her latest album, Ellipse.

On Thursday, she was surrounded by music industry hopefuls at Bristol’s University of the West of England. Imogen was giving music technology students an insight into her unique style of musical engineering.

Ahead of the appearance, the performer revealed on Twitter that she was nervous about facing the students.

“Racing over to Bristol’s University of West England for my first Uni Q&A in a lecture hall! Yikes…. Looking forward to it though,” read her tweet.

BBC Bristol’s Andy Howard (Morning Glory) was there to interview her:

Andy said: “I wish I’d had that kind of lecture at University!. In my view, Imogen Heap is one of the most original and dynamic songwriters around. The way she uses instruments and electronic equipment is mind-blowing. She’s also a joy to talk to, and revealed some interesting things about herself – all on Morning Glory next week.”

Imogen Heap wins a Grammy

Imogen won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical for Ellipse, which she produced and engineered herself. She came to UWE because she knows Tom Mitchell, senior lecturer on the university’s music technology course.

Tom recently worked with Imogen, helping her to prepare for her international tour following the release of Ellipse.

“We’re thrilled that Imogen stopped by at UWE,” said Tom. “Her inventiveness and technical prowess is renowned throughout the world, she is truly an inspiration. The students will benefit by gaining an insight into the techniques used by one of the most innovative musicians working today”.

Imogen Heap said she was delighted to spend some time with the students ahead of her gig at the Bristol Academy.

“Tom and I have collaborated on a several occasions in the past, it’s great to come to UWE and spend some time with the music technology students.” she said.

Imogen spent the morning with students answering questions about the composition, production and engineering of her work as well as other aspects of her career.

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