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. – http://www.xth.io/ –
>>> 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.
THIS WORKSHOP ACCEPTS A MAXIMUM OF 12 ATTENDEES
Marco Donnarumma (PhD) is an artist and writer. He merges sound art and performance art through science and technology. He creates performances, concerts and installations using and abusing human bodies, sound, infrasound, light, algorithms, body sensors and loudspeakers. His works rely on the material force of sound to produce intensely intimate encounters of bodies and machines, and vivid sensory and physical experiences. His creative process is a continuous feedback between artistic intuition, scientific experiments and development of custom technologies.
His latest performance, CORPUS NIL, creates a tense choreographic interchange between a performer and an autonomous machine using human bioelectrical and bioacoustic signals. 0-INFINITY is a monumental architecture of infrasound vibrations, audible sounds and high-powered lights morphing in response to biosignals and movement data from the visitors’ bodies. In OMINOUS and MUSIC FOR FLESH II he plays interactive music by amplifying sounds from his body. His installation NIGREDO induces visitors in altered states of self-perception by feeding sounds from their bodies back to their skulls and bones. The sculptural object SEPTIC physicalises digital viruses in the body. His action HYPO CHRYSOS immerses audiences in multichannel sound and video produced by the strain of his muscles while he pulled 50kg stones.
Regularly touring worldwide, he performed and spoke in over 50 countries across North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. His works are presented at leading art and music events (Sónar+D, ISEA, Venice Biennale, Steirischer Herbst), electronic art, sound art and performance art festivals (Sound Art China, transmediale, CTM, FILE, Panorama), research institutions (Stanford CCRMA, New York University, STEIM, IRCAM), historical music venues (Experimental Intermedia, Spectrum NYC, Café Oto, Mumuth Concert Hall, de Singel) and national museums (Museo Reina Sofia, CCCB Barcelona, Kunsthaus Graz).