Spanish hopefuls Music Fingers has some wearable instruments in the shape of thimbles designed to get you tapping out tunes and playing along with your fingers.
I know what you’re thinking; it’s another one of these pointless music-making gadgets that’s about as creative as a phone app marketed by beautiful people having a really awesome and beautiful time laughing and tossing their hair while using the gadget. Yep, that’s pretty much it. We’ve had bouncy balls, waving sticks, gloves, buttons, rings, trainers and now some thimbles. So, come on then, what’s it offering?
Well, you know when you just get that beat in your head and it travels down to your fingers and you can’t help tapping out a beat? This is a bit like that except with this thimble your fingers get transformed into all sorts of different instruments and works on any kind of surface.
Each thimble has two triggers so you can control up to 4 sounds at a time as they come as a set of two. Could you trigger more sounds with more thimbles? Yes, you can run up to 10 if you want. They come with a charger and the obligatory mobile phone app that does all the sound generation and mapping.
You can import any sound into the app. So you could be triggering your own loops on one thimble and tapping along with a couple of samples on the other – it has some possibilities there.
They seem like a nice bunch of people with a fun idea that could keep you amused. I think you’d have to work quite hard to get some serious use out of it but it’s no crazier than waving your phone around at a gig as a MIDI controller and is more natural than trying to trigger samples by tapping a screen. It could get interesting if you were using lots of them – but it would also get expensive.
They are certainly very playful.
There are some Early Birds left at €64 or you can get a “Family Pack” for €203 which gives you 3 pairs or a whole Bands worth of 10 thimbles for €630. They are planning to deliver in July 2020.
- Music Fingers Kickstarter page.