The MIDI-Moov

The MIDI-Moov is a wireless, movement sensitive MIDI-controller that you can attach anywhere on your body using a Velcro strap. It plugs into existing effects pedals that are have a MIDI input, as well as computer software such as Logic Pro, Cubase and Ableton Live. The Moov lets you manipulate any combination of effects within 1 axis of movement, of which you have 3 to choose from, namely X, Y or Z. Think of these axes as simply any movement in 3D space depending on what way up you have the device. For example, X, Y, Z movement could be analogous to up-and-down, side-to-side and front-to-back movement.

The MIDI-Moov comes in two parts, a transmitter (the bit you strap to your instrument) and a receiver (the bit that goes to your pedal / computer). The transmitter sends movement data to the receiver that sends subsequently sends MIDI data to whatever it’s attached to. In the picture above the transmitter is the red box and the receiver is the black box.

The Alpha Prototype – First Commercial Prototype: Our first commercial transmitter prototype (Fig.1) contains 1 large push switch, which you can slap. This button will turn the movement function on and off, meaning when you want to stop your body / instrument movement manipulating an effect, on stage or otherwise, you simply slap the transmitter.