Gloves and tables make digital musical compositions.

Physical musical instruments are so passé. That’s the feeling we’re getting from the U.K.’s Imogen Heap, who has her own gesture-controlled gloves to create and perform songs (video above), and London student Felix Faire, who has created the Contact touch-sensitive musical interface that can be used on any simple surface (video below). Will touch technology kill the musical instrument? Call me a hipster, but I’ve always been fond of forgotten pre-digital items, like the record player, the cassette and the typewriter. Not yet ready to add piano to that list.