[NL] Xth Sense: make your own biowearable for interactive performance

  • Location:
    STEIM, Amsterdam, NL

This weekend course offers hands-on experience and theoretical training in the performance of biophysical music and visuals with the Xth Sense (XS). Workshop participants will build from scratch their own XS sensors, then learn how to analyze and map the data from their muscle and body movements to generate music, visuals, and do live processing of sound. Attention will also be paid to aesthetic considerations when using the XS system in artistic contexts.

At the end of the workshop, participants will take home the XS bioacoustic sensors they built, and the related software for their own continued creative use.

DATE: 15-16 MARCH, 2014
TIME: 10-17h each day
COST: €110 (includes €25 sensor kit & parts)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

More info: http://steim.org/event/xth-sense-make-your-own-biophysical-sensor-for-interactive-music-and-video-2/

The Xth Sense in action: https://vimeo.com/86766860

Some topics covered in the workshop include:

- Theoretical background on the state of art of gestural control of music
- Introduction to the Xth Sense (XS) framework (technical overview, capabilities)
- Building the wearable biosensor
- An introduction to the open source artistic programming language PureData, tips and tricks for using PureData in live settings
- Explorations of bioacoustic sound design capabilities
- Building audio modules and signal processing chains
- Aesthetics of bioacoustic sensor-based performance
- Mapping muscle energy to control values and real-time processing
- Designing an aesthetic vocabulary for body-sensor performance