[PD] [PD-announce] Xth Sense: instrument, code, schematic, tutorial on-line now

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Fri Sep 14 13:07:29 CEST 2012

Heya all,

I've been away from the list finalizing the release of the Xth Sense and
other major commitments.

The Xth Sense (software and hardware) is finally available on-line, get
binaries, DIY documentation, and tutorials at:

The digital interface is developed in Pd; there's a main software for the
computation of incoming muscle sound (and virtually any sound input), and
the xth-sense-lib, a collection of 120 objects (and help files) ranging
from specific muscle sound methods, to everyday Pd patching needs. It also
includes a lot of GUI stuff, to facilitate building things.
Wanna the source? Here you go: https://github.com/marcodsad

What is the Xth Sense?
"**is a biophysical musical instrument. You can build your own and produce
music with it using the sound of your muscles.
It is free and open source, and it was named the “world’s most innovative
new musical instrument” by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology
(US, 2012). Its name is spelled ecsth sense (not tenth sense!). But it’s
way easier to call XS."

With the XS you can also control other software on your machine (video,
audio, light systems, etc.), send Voltage output to hardware, or control a
prosthetic arm.
Hacks are encouraged by the design of the instrument itself. For some ideas

We have a (newly born) user's forum, courtesy of Create Digital
Music/Motion; the forum lives at:

We are on also on Facebook (imagine!):

if anybody works with it, let me know!
We have users and works in Australia, Sweden, US, UK, Ireland, Spain,
Vietnam, Germany, Russia, Netherlands, and Italy, so far :)

hope it is useful to some of you,

Marco Donnarumma
New Media + Sonic Arts Practitioner, Performer, Teacher, Director.
Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction Research Team.
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London
Portfolio: http://marcodonnarumma.com
Research: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com
Director: http://www.liveperformersmeeting.net
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