Workshop | XTH Sense - BioCreative Interaction [€ 120]
Edition XVIII May 18th - 21st 2017 | Amsterdam
Live video performers, visual artists and vj meeting
May, 18th 2017, 3:00 pm | May, 22nd 2017, 2:00 am
May 18 - 21, 2017
Radion, Amsterdam Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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XTH Sense – BioCreative Interaction [€ 120]


The XTH Sense is an award-winning, free and open biophysical technology.

During this hands-on workshop participants build manually from scratch their own low cost, biophysical muscle sounds sensor, and experience an intensive training on bodily performance of music, live video and other media. –

>>> PLEASE NOTE: The kit of necessary electronic components will be provided by the teacher and it costs only 20 euro to pay at the beginning of the workshop. This price is not included in the entry fee to pay to LPM organization.

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 or video 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 and/or visual effects, live video editing and more. This enables a performer to play AV simply with the kinetic energy of his 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.

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 new electronic instruments through a participatory critical analysis of relevant projects, selected by the instructor.
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 moving images. Musical or Visual background and education does not matter as long as you are ready to challenge your usual perspective on musical and video performance. Directors, Video Artists, Art Performers, Composers, Producers, Sound designers, Musicians are all welcome to join our team for an innovative and highly creative experience.