[PD] [PD-announce] [Workshop] Xth Sense Biophysical Generation and control of music CultureLab Newcastle

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Fri Nov 18 12:31:30 CET 2011

(sorry for x-post)

Last call for participation.
//// ONLY two places left \\\\\

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/

When & Where
Space 4/5, Culture Lab, Grand Assembly Rooms, King's Walk, Newcastle, NE1
Monday, 21st November 2011 at 09:00
Friday, 25th November 2011 at 22:00

SIGN UP HERE: http://tinyurl.com/xthNCL
Workshop outline:


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
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 any more.
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
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
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. 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.

This is a last call for only two more candidates.
Feel free to forward to your networks.

best wishes,

Marco Donnarumma
Independent New Media and Sonic Arts Practitioner, Performer, Teacher
ACE, Sound Design MSc by Research (ongoing)
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Portfolio: http://marcodonnarumma.com
Research: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com | http://www.thesaddj.com |
Director: http://www.liveperformersmeeting.net
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