Biophysical Music Workshop with Marco Donnarumma
The XTH Sense is an award-winning, free and open biophysical technology. Participants will 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.
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.
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.
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.