Musician Imogen Heap might be best known as a solo artist, but don’t assume she’s a lone wolf. On the contrary, Heap has worked closely with many artists and on many different projects throughout her career. Most notably and recently, she was part of the Grammy-winning production team for Taylor Swift’s album 1989, and almost single-handedly created the music for the stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But her most exciting collaboration could be yet to come. Heap, a renowned tech enthusiast, is preparing to launch an app called Creative Passport, designed to verify and connect musicians all over the world, no matter what their niche, so they can find each other and create music together. Creative Passport will let musicians who’ve made real world connections with each other (and with Heap as she’s traveled the world on her latest tour) share their data — who they are, where they’re based — on a globe. Heap hopes the app gives musicians a toolkit that’ll empower them to expand the music ecosystem in new ways that haven’t yet been dreamed about. The Creative Passport is just the latest in Heap’s roster of technology projects, which also encompass her “Mi.Mu gloves,” which use sensors to translate the body’s movements into music, and Mycelia, a blockchain-based platform for distributing music independently. Ahead of Sunday’s beta launch of Creative Passport on the TestFlight app, CNET sat down with Heap to talk about the ways technology empowers musicians. Here’s an edited transcript. Q:… [Read full story]
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