Sophie Rose

Sophie Rose is a contemporary vocals lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music and a doctoral student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a singer, extended vocal technique enthusiast, composer, improviser, performer, and maker. Originally from New Zealand, Rose incorporates Māori mythology into many works and creates new technologies with collaborator, Cloud Unknowing. She performs and collaborates with Sophie Rose & the Manual Breathing and surrealist music collective Little Songs of the Mutilated. Her exploration of the relationship between creative practice and technology development is ongoing. This concern is reflected in her master’s thesis, which explores the effects of physical and non-physical environments on extended vocal techniques and throat-singing as a creative practice.

The Past is Another Country

In 2018, I designed and built a set of data-gloves with my collaborator, Cloud Unknowing. Our first prototype was built using flexible sensors that I manufactured from an Instructables tutorial. They were relatively robust and, though the masking tape sealing filled me with apprehension, they worked. Of course, data-gloves are nothing new. There is the Nintendo PowerGlove, the Mi.Mu and other commercially available gloves, ‘The Hands’ by Michel Waisvitz, Laetitia Sonami’s ‘Lady Glove’, and Elena Jessop’s ‘VAMP’.

Nimuè I

In many ways Nimuè I was the beginning of my doctoral journey as it was the end of the previous iteration of glove design. In rehearsals, the gloves were refusing to connect to my laptop via Bluetooth, and in my frustration, I vowed that it was time for the gloves to be dismantled and put to their better use as the starting point for the next generation. One that wouldn’t use Bluetooth…