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

Where performance art and sound art converge through technology, here lies Marco Donnarumma’s work. Italian born, living and working in London, Marco focuses on how to configure human bodies and machines through sound. He uses biotechnologies, software algorithms and body sensors to create intensely physical performances, concerts and live installations.
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Ominous, new work for the Xth Sense at the 5th Live Electronic Music Competition, ECPNM, BE

Fri Nov 02, 2012 15:40 - Sun Nov 04, 2012

Antwerp, Belgium

Dear all,

A novel piece for the Xth Sense [1], my visceral biophysical instrument, was commissioned by ECPNM (European Conference of Promoters of New Music), in occasion of the finals of the 5th Live Electronic Music Project Competition, during the ISCM World New Music Days [2].

The new work, titled "Ominous", is ready to be premiered tomorrow at De Singel concert hall, in Atwerp, BE.

"Ominous is a sculpture of incarnated sound... The performance embodies, before the audience, the metaphor of an invisible and unknown object enclosed in my hands. This is made of malleable sonic matter. Similarly to a mime, I model the object in the empty space by means of whole-body gestures. The natural sound of my muscles and its virtual counterpart blend together into an unstable sonic object... The listeners see through sound the sculpture which their sight cannot perceive."

Tags: multidimensional gesture, machine learning, muscle sounds, visceral embodiment.

Read more at:

Also on stage tomorrow John Eckhardt, one of the most fascinating performers of the contemporary music scene.

best wishes,


Picture courtesy of Vipul Sangoi.


DMT - a trio of biophysical music, augmented drums, hacked smartphones at ISEA2012, ABQ, NM

Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:00 - Sun Sep 23, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States of America

Dear all,

we are thrilled to invite you to this upcoming concert at ISEA 2012: Wilderness, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For the first time together on stage Adam Parkinson (stepping in for Atau Tanaka, who sadly couldn't join us),
Christos Michalakos, and myself Marco Donnarumma will present DMT.

DMT is the brand-new collaborative project by Donnarumma, Michalakos, and Tanaka.
DMT brings together the Xth Sense biophysical music, an augmented drum kit, and hacked smartphones for a wall of visceral and pulsing music.

Tomorrow, Sunday 23rd September, 2012
from 6pm to 8pm

The Box performance space
100 Gold Ave. SW -, Ste. 112B,
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Hope to see you there,
give us a shout if you plan to come,
best wishes,


Sound, flesh, openness, and biotech in Europe, US, and Brazil

Fri Sep 14, 2012 15:40 - Sun Dec 09, 2012


here's my 6-monthly mailout.
It includes a selection of what happened recently and what's coming up in the next months.

You'll find more info about:
- New Xth Sense project finalist at European Competition for Live Electronic Music
- Music for Flesh II, biophysical music at ISEA, New Mexico, US
- Biotechnological Performance Practice, a new publication out now
- Upcoming sonic body concerts in UK, Slovenia, Ireland, Hungary, and Brazil.
- Xth Sense biophysical tech schematic released, and user's forum now on-line
- On the press: Reuters, Create Digital Music, and Digicult features.

thanks for reading,
best wishes,


eContact! 14.2 -- Biotech. Performance Practice / Pratiques de performance

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:45 - Fri Aug 31, 2012

Dear all,

it's with great pleasure that I announce the release of the latest issue of the journal eContact!.
This issue, for which I've been Guest Editor, concentrates on Biotechnological Performance Practice.

Probably some of the author's name will sound familiar to you.
Thanks to all the contributors for bringing together a wonderful (and long-needed) collection of texts exploring 40 years of practice in this field.

W/ Erich Berger, William Brent, Andrew Brouse, Corrado Cescon, yours truly, Cota Navin Gupta, Peter Kirn, R. Benjamin Knapp, Kiel Long, Pedro Lopes, Eric Lyon, Jaime E. Oliver, Miguel Ortiz, Gascia Ouzounian, Ramaswamy Palanappian, Claudia Robles, STELARC, Joe Stevens, Atau Tanaka, Valery Vermeulen, Peter Votava.

best wishes,


PRESS RELEASE -- for immediate diffusion / pour diffusion immédiate
Please forward at large.

Communauté électroacoustique canadienne
(CEC) Canadian Electroacoustic Community

eContact! 14.2 -- Biotechnological Performance Practice /
Pratiques de performance biotechnologique
Guest Editor / Rédacteur invité: Marco Donnarumma

[E] Biological technologies are computational systems driven by physiological and corporeal processes of the body. Endogenous mechanisms that would otherwise be imperceptible become manifest in the form of data. The field of biotechnological music performance is presented here through a set of fascinating articles describing heterogeneous methodologies and idiosyncratic musical ideas. (July 2012)

[F] Les technologies biologiques sont des systèmes informatiques pilotés par des processus physiologiques et corporels. Des mécanismes endogènes autrement imperceptibles deviennent apparents, sous forme de données. Composé d'une série d'articles fascinants décrivant des méthodologies hétérogènes et des idées musicales idiosyncrasiques, ce numéro est une introduction au domaine de la performance musicale biotechnologique. (juillet 2012)


Music for Flesh and Xth Sense Biophysical Open Hardware, FILE festival Sao Paulo

Thu Jul 19, 2012 20:30 - Fri Jul 20, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil

(sorry for x-post)

a cordial invitation.

FILE Festival presents a concert for Biophysical Music and a workshop on the Xth Sense in Sao Paulo with Marco Donnarumma.
FILE online:

~~ Concert
19th July
H. 20.40
Teatro SESI-SP, Av. Paulista, Sao Paulo.

- Music for Flesh II
- Nascent

Two diverse works in which the performer's muscular fibres produces sounds that resonate the audience tympanic membrane.
Biophysical music is a term I coined to define sound that is a direct result of joint biological and physical body mechanisms.


~~ Workshop
20th July
SESI-SP, Av. Paulista, Sao Paulo

- Xth Sense. Build your own biophysical open hardware, reclaim your body and let it sound.

The Xth Sense (XS) is a biophysical musical instrument. With the sound of your muscles you can produce music, and control any software applications.
The XS is free and open source, and it was named the “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (US, 2012).
You can build your own with £10, hack it or modify it. No need of APIs and such. Just make it.

hope some of you can make it there tonight.
best wishes,