[PD] [PD-announce] Workshop: Xth Sense – biophysical generation and control of music, NK Berlin

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Tue Mar 29 10:57:49 CEST 2011

April 6, 7, 8 2011 11:00-19:00
Xth Sense – biophysical generation and control of music

Elsenstr. 52/
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin Neukölln

DAY 1 – 7 hours
Introduction to the Xth Sense technology – 2h

• Capabilities and scope of the framework
• Technical overview
• Understanding different musical and performance outcomes

Building your own Xth Sense biosensor – 5h

• Cutting, soldering your own muscle sensor circuit
• Building a wearable hardware
• Refining the final device

DAY 2 – 7 hours
Using the Xth Sense Digital Signal Processing system (Pure Data-based) – 3h

• The Pd language
• Pd tips & tricks for live performances
• Xth Sense software: learning how to use the graphical interface
• Xth Sense software: playing around with audio modules and DSP chains
• Xth Sense software: storing and recalling global preset scenes

Plug yourself in! Wearing the biosensors and communicating with the DSP
application – 4h

• Exploring muscle sounds design capabilities
• Mapping kinetic energy to control values
• Experimenting with real time muscle sounds audio processing
• Controlling real time processing of traditional instruments with gestures
and kinetic energy
• Brainstorming ideas for the final projects

DAY 3 – 7 hours
Creating a performance – 4h

• Theoretical insights on bodily musical performance
• Reviewing audiovisual documentation of relevant performance projects
• Designing your sonic vocabulary
• Establishing data mapping definitions
• Planning the format of the performance

Performance testing – 3h

• Testing your system
• Fixing the application and refining the interaction

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.

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
instructor. Eventually, participants will combine hardware and software to
implement a solo or group performance to be presented during the closing
event. 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. 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. No previous
experience in electronics or programming is required, however participants
should be familiar with digital music creation.

Participation is limited to 10 candidates.
Preregistration is required and can be done by sending an email to
info at nkprojekt.de

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


Musicians interested in augmenting their favourite musical instrument by
means of body gestures are encouraged to bring their instrument along. More
information about the Xth Sense and a video of a live performance can be
viewed on-line at


6-7-8 April, 11.00-19.00 daily (6 hours sessions + 1 hour break)

EUR 90 including materials (EUR 15).

Marco Donnarumma
m at marcodonnarumma.com
Elsenstr. 52/
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin Neukölln

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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