Biophysical Music Workshop

Workshop on the XTH Sense, an award-winning, free and open biophysical technology. Participants build their own low-cost, biophysical muscle sounds sensor, and experience an intensive training on bodily performance of music, live video and other media.

This class offers an hands-on experience and both theoretical and practical training in gestural control of music and bodily musical performance, using the XTH Sense. Participants build their own XTH Sense and learn how to generate interactive music from the muscle sounds of their bodies.

Programme (preliminary)

Time Content Location
10:15 Introduction Informatics library
12:00 Lunch break Canteen
13:00 Workshop continues Informatics library
17:00 Dinner break Canteen
19:00 Evening program: Intellectual warm-up and muscle concert Escape
20:30 Data jockeying, with live remix of concert data Escape

About XTH Sense

Developed by Marco Donnarumma, the the XTH Sense is a biophysical musical instrument enabling the creation of music through human bioacoustic sounds. It consists of a low-cost, DIY biowearable and an open source software to capture, analyse and process bioacoustic sounds from the human body. Muscle sounds are captured in real time and used as both a sound material to be composed live, and also as control values for sound effects. This enables a performer to play music simply with the kinetic energy of her body, effectively replacing the need for a mouse, a MIDI controller, or the need to monitor one’s own laptop.

The XTH Sense is designed to be easily implemented by anyone, hence no previous experience in electronics is required. The applications of the XTH Sense 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, to name a few.

About the workshop

First, participants are introduced to the XTH Sense by its author and led through the assembling of their own biowearable hardware using the materials provided. Next, they become proficient with the XTH Sense software by learning its features through practical exercises. They then develop a theoretical understanding of gestural control of music and new musical instruments through a participatory critical analysis of relevant projects, selected by the instructor. Eventually, participants combine hardware and software to implement a solo or group performance to be presented during a closing event. At the end of the class, participants are free to keep the XTH Sense they built, and the related software, for their own use.

Who can attend?

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.

About Marco Donnarumma

Marco Donnarumma is an Italian performance artist, new media artist and scholar based in Berlin. His work addresses the relationship between body, politics and technology. He is widely known for his performances fusing sound, computation and biotechnology. Ritual, shock and entrainment are key elements to his aesthetics. Donnarumma is often associated with cyborg and posthuman artists and is acknowledged for his contribution to human-machine interfacing through the unconventional use of muscle sound and biofeedback. He is a Research Fellow at Berlin University of the Arts in collaboration with the Neurorobotics Research Lab at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

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Tags: Biosensors, performance, music, DIY, programming
Published Feb. 17, 2017 7:58 PM - Last modified Nov. 20, 2017 6:50 PM