[PD-announce] Xth Sense - biophysical generation and control of music workshop - London

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Fri Jul 29 14:06:24 CEST 2011

::::: Xth Sense – biophysical generation and control of music :::::

Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance.
Creating your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.

See an Xth Sense performance at http://vimeo.com/20889787

Xth Sense: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com/projects/xth-sense/

~ What
The workshop offers an hands-on experience and both theoretical and
practical training in gestural control of music and bodily musical
performance, deploying the brand-new biosensing technology Xth Sense.

Developed by the workshop teacher Marco Donnarumma within a research project
at The University of Edinburgh, Xth Sense is a framework for the application
of muscle sounds to the biophysical generation and control of music.
It consists of a low cost, DIY biosensing wearable device and an Open Source
based software for capture, analysis and audio processing of biological
sounds of the body (Pure Data-based).
Muscle sounds are captured in real time and used both as sonic source
material and control values for sound effects, enabling the performer to
control music simply with his body and kinetic energy.
Forget your mice, MIDI controllers, you will not even need to look at your
laptop anymore.

The Xth Sense biosensor was designed to be easily implemented by anyone, no
previous experience in electronics is required.
The applications of the Xth Sense technology are manifold: from complex
gestural control of samples and audio synthesis, through biophysical
generation of music and sounds, to kinetic control of real time digital
processing of traditional musical instruments, and more.

~ How
Firstly, participants will be introduced to the Xth Sense Technology by its
author and led through the assembling of their own biosensing wearable
hardware using the materials provided.
Next, they will become proficient with the Xth Sense software framework: all
the features of the framework will be unleashed through practical exercises.
Theoretical background on the state of art of gestural control of music and
new musical instruments will be developed by means of an audiovisual review
and participatory critical analysis of relevant projects selected by the

At the end of the workshop, participants will be free to keep the Xth Sense
biosensors they built and the related software for their own use.

~ Perspective participants
The workshop is open to anyone passionate about sound and music. No previous
experience in electronics or programming is required, however participants
should be familiar with digital music creation. Musical background and
education does not matter as long as you are ready to challenge your usual
perspective on musical performance.

Composers, producers, sound designers, musicians, field recordists are all
welcome to join our team for an innovative and highly creative experience.
Participation is limited to 8 candidates.

~ Requirements and further info
Participants need to provide their own headphones, external soundcards and
laptops with Pd-extended already installed.
Free download is available at

We will work either on Linux or Mac OSX => 10.6 operating systems.
If you don't have access to none of them, please download a live
distribution of Pure:Dyne at:

Musicians interested in augmenting their favourite musical instrument by
means of body gestures are encouraged to bring their instrument along.

~ Dates
17-18-19-20 August, 11.00-19.00 daily (6 hours sessions + 1 hour break)
nnnnn, Unit 73a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E2 4QN

~ Fee
£ 80 including materials.

~ To reserve a place please contact ryan at ryanjordan.org and
m at marcodonnarumma.com and you can pay online here:

Marco Donnarumma
Independent New Media and Sonic Arts Professional, Performer, Instructor
ACE, Sound Design MSc by Research (ongoing)
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Portfolio: http://marcodonnarumma.com
Lab: http://www.thesaddj.com | http://cntrl.sourceforge.net |
Event: http://www.liveperformersmeeting.net
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