Marco Donnarumma
Since 2009
Works in Edinburgh United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Italian-born Marco Donnarumma is a performer, musician and writer based in London. He explores the dimensions of the human body in relation to real, virtual and cultural spaces through performances, concerts and installations. In his works, sound, machines and biology are configured so to integrate human and technological bodies into new living instances. His practice is considered a conceptually elaborated combination of physical actions, intense sonic experiences and forceful sensorial stimulation.

Marco has performed and spoken in over 50 countries across North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. His works have been presented at leading art and music events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, Sónar+D, ISCM World Music Days), festivals (Transmediale, FILE, Panorama, NYEAF, Sound Art China, CYNETART, Piksel), museums, institutions and labs (Museo Reina Sofia, CaixaForum Madrid, STEIM, IRCAM, EMPAC, Stanford CCRMA).

An integral part of his practice is the creation and sharing of interactive biophysical instruments using free software and open hardware. Recently, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvestworks (US), he co-founded XTH, a New York-based company making open source biotechnologies that use sound to enable different modes of expression.

He is the editor of Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2), a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and the performing arts. His writings have appeared in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU, Studio for Creative Enquiry), and several times in specialised conference proceedings, including CHI, NIME, ICMC, Pd Con, Linux Audio. Currently, as a PhD student at Goldsmiths London with Atau Tanaka and Matthew Fuller, he investigates how body theory can inform the design of combined biosensing and machine learning technologies for music and the performing arts.

Marco is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the first prize in the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US, 2012) for the Xth Sense; the Transitio New Media Art Award (MX) for Nigredo, created with Marije Baalman; and fundings from European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. He has received commissions from Festival Transmediale and the European Conference of Promoters of New Music, among the others, and has been an invited artist in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and the National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Forbes, Reuters, ARTE.TV, Wired, RTVE, El Pais, ResonanceFM, Weave, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art and Digicult.
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EVENT

Xth Sense Biophysical Music NYC workshop, make your own biowearable - Oct. 4-5


Dates:
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:00 - Sun Oct 05, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

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HYPHEN HUB WORKSHOPS

Xth Sense™ - Biophysical Music with Marco Donnarumma
Make your own low-cost biowearable for interactive music and video

OCTOBER 4TH - 5TH 2014, NEW YORK

This weekend course offers hands-on experience and theoretical training in the performance of biophysical music and visuals with the wearable instrument Xth Sense™ (XS). Workshop participants will build from scratch their own XS biosensors, then learn how to analyze and map the sound and data from their muscle, blood flow 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.

WATCH the Xth Sense in action:

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 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

ABOUT THE XTH SENSE

The Xth Sense™ (2010-14) is a free and open biophysical technology. With it you can produce music with the sound of your body. The XS captures sounds from heart, blood and muscles and uses them to integrate the human body with a digital interactive system for sound and video production. In 2012, it was named the “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” and awarded the first prize in the Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (US). Today, the Xth Sense is used by a steadily growing community of creatives, ranging from performing artists and musicians, to researchers in physiotherapy and prosthetics, and universities and students in diverse fields. @xthsense

http://res.marcodonnarumma.com/projects/xth-sense/


DETAILS

REGISTER AT: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/xth-sensetm-biophysical-music-workshop-with-marco-donnarumma-at-hyphen-hub-tickets-13341421551

DATE: 4-5 OCTOBER, 2014

TIME: 11AM-5PM

COST: Regular: $280, Members & Students (with ID): $250 (+ $40 Materials Cost)
Registrants are reminded to bring the $40 for the materials cost in cash to the workshop.

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 10

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS: mark@hyphenhub.com

LOCATION: The Red Door, 140 West 24th Street, New York (between 6th and 7th ave)

COMPLETE WORKSHOP INFO: http://marcodonnarumma.com/teaching/xth-sense-biophysical-music/

INSTRUCTOR
Italian-born Marco Donnarumma is a performer, musician, sonic artist and writer based in London and New York City. He has performed, spoken and taught in over 50 countries worldwide for leading festivals, institutions, media labs and universities, such as Sonar+D, Festival Transmediale, FILE, New York Electronic Arts Festival, RPM Sound Art China, ISEA, Stanford CCRMA and STEIM, to name a few. His practice is considered a conceptually elaborated combination of physical actions, intense sonic experiences and forceful sensorial stimulation.
His work has been featured on BBC, Forbes, Reuters, ARTE.TV, Wired, RTVE and ResonanceFM, amongst the others.

Full bio and CV: http://marcodonnarumma.com/bio/

wishing you well,



EVENT

Neanderthal electronics meets Biophysical music - summer events in Estonia


Dates:
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:25 - Mon Aug 04, 2014

Location:
Estonia

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Dears,
hope to find you well.

Here to inform you about this humble and exciting tour in Estonia that Derek Holzer and myself are starting today and the ways you can join us.

The tour includes an artistic residency in a remote spot, a one-day bus tour to play music in abandoned villages, and a double workshop on Soundboxes and Biophysical music performance.

Soundboxes homepage: http://macumbista.net/?page_id=1897
Xth Sense homepage: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com/projects/xth-sense

\\\\\\\\\\\ Artistic Residency at MAAJAAM
Valgamaa, EE.

- The residency will serve to develop new writing towards the realisation of a new musical performance for body technologies to be premiered at Spectrum, NYC, this October.

MAAJAAM is a project space in an old farm in Estonian countryside where art meets technology. Substituting the urban environment with a hilly rural landscape allows us to observe technology in it’s pure form and analyze it’s connections to us and the nature.
http://maajaam.ee/

\\\\\\\\\\\ Olematute kylade projekt / Project for Non-existent Villages
Võru, EE.

- One-day tour playing electro-acoustic and biophysical music across several abandoned villages in the Estonian countryside.

Expect some modular and visceral sounds resonating crackling walls:

http://macumbista.net/?page_id=482
http://marcodonnarumma.com/works/ominous/

Audience, curators and artists travel together on a bus throughout a whole day of sound, silence, ghost houses and unexpected acoustics. Those villages are considered as null pointers; those points existing on maps and in cultural memory but which have lost the objects being refered to. Participating artists excavate embedded meanings in these culturally changing environments and search for intersections of traditional and contemporary cultural practices.

Book a spot for on the bus for 1 Euro by emailing to buss@taavisuisalu.com.

\\\\\\\\\\\ Soundboxes + Xth Sense workshops
Tallinn, EE.

Intensive two days crash course on building and making noise with the Soundboxes handmade electronics, and the Xth Sense biophysical wearable instrument.

http://www.kultuurikatel.ee/makerlab/event/soundboxes-workshop-with-derek-holzer/

http://www.kultuurikatel.ee/makerlab/event/xth-sense-make-your-own-biophysical-sensor-for-interactive-music-and-video/


EVENT

STEIM Concert of Bodies Sat. 15 March, AMS


Dates:
Sat Mar 15, 2014 20:00 - Sun Mar 16, 2014

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What your body can do? It can breathe, sweat, pulsate, bleed, cry, jump, walk and run, stay still, wait, think, feel and perceive, see, touch, smell, read, write and learn, communicate, surprise, seduce, entertain, love, die and become ashes.

Concert of Bodies brings before your eyes sounding bodies in all their physicality. Sonorous, invisible, imaginary, impalpable, yet physical, visceral, pulsating and alive bodies!

Join us for a night of music where sound materiality is caressed, touched, molded and torn only to escape the digital and reach out for your ears.

Line Up:

Marije Baalman (NL)
Erfan Abdi (IR/NL)
Marco Donnarumma (IT/UK)

More: http://steim.org/event/concert-of-bodies/

DETAILS:
DATE: 15th of March, 2014
TIME: 20:00
COST: €7,50 (Students with a student card get a €2,50 discount)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

Curated by Marco Donnarumma and STEIM


EVENT

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


Dates:
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:00 - Sun Mar 16, 2014

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

DETAILS:
DATE: 15-16 MARCH, 2014
TIME: 10-17h each day
COST: €110 (includes €25 sensor kit & parts)
MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 12
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



EVENT

Mediating physicality and the flesh - Mexico DF, Shanghai, Dresden, London


Dates:
Fri Oct 18, 2013 16:05 - Sat Nov 30, 2013

Dear all,

here's my 6-monthly mailout October 2013.

View it at http://marcodonnarumma.com/next/october2013/

You'll find more about:

- Nigredo wins second prize at TransitioMX 2013 New Media Art competition
- RPM Sound Art China: biophysical concert at Shanghai Biennial
- The Xth Sense: from the stage to the market
- Hypo Chrysos double performance at CYNETART Festival / Metabody Project
- DMT: Donnarumma, Tanaka, Michalakos new trio

Thanks for reading and sharing!
best wishes,