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

Performer, new media and sound artist, teacher, Marco Donnarumma was born in Italy and is based in London. He is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London, funded by the European Research Council and supervised by Prof. Atau Tanaka and Dr. Matthew Fuller.

Marco looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. He is known for his body-based performance works with custom open biotechnologies and physical interactive systems. He is a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow (New York, US) with support by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Marco has performed and spoken in 50 countries including US and South America, Europe, India, China, South Korea and Australia. His works have been selected at leading art events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale), specialized festivals and venues (FILE, Panorama, EMPAC, New York Electronic Arts Festival, Sonorities, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral) and major academic conferences (NIME, ICMC, Pure Data Convention, Linux Audio Conference @ Stanford CCRMA, SICMF). He curated a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and performing arts entitled Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2). His writings have appeared in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU and Studio for Creative Enquiry, US), and several times in specialised conference proceedings.

His biophysical system Xth Sense won the 1st prize in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US). He has been artists in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Reuters, Wired, RTVE, El Pais, Weave, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art, Rhizome, and Digicult.

Currently, he investigates how body theory can provide perspectives on the design of combined biosensing and machine learning technologies for music and the performing arts.
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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

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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,


BodyControlled #4 - Bio Interfacing

Fri Jul 13, 2012 20:00 - Sun Jul 15, 2012

Berlin, Germany

BodyControlled #4 - Bio Interfacing

Opening: Friday, 13.07.2012, 20.00

Open Stage: 14.07.-15.07., 18-21.00

with Performances and Installations by
Marco Donnarumma (UK), Claudia Robles Angel (CO) and Peter Kirn (US)
Keynote by Pedro Lopes (PT, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Potsdam)

BodyControlled #4 Facebook event:


It is not novel for multimedia performances to have a strong corporeal profile
primarily using gestures or actions coming from outside of the performer’s body.
However, the inside of the body can also be a very vital and diverse source
of material for artistic purposes. This approach changes the paradigm of the
gestural expression, bringing the processes going on under one’s skin to the fore.

BodyControlled #4 - Bio Interfacing presents three performances using data
collected from inside the human body: the EEG waves-based audio-visual performance
INsideOUT by Claudia Robles Angel, Seas of Tranquility by Peter Kirn and Marco
Donnarumma’s Music for Flesh II, where sounds are produced - and controlled - by his muscles.

A keynote presented by Hasso-Plattner-Institute’s investigator Pedro Lopes discusses
‘’Human-Computer Interaction: Artistic and Scientific perspectives on augmenting
our bodies’’. In conjunction with the events of the performance night, anyone can learn more
about the artists’ methods by taking part in the workshops presented by Claudia
Robles Angel and Marco Donnarumma. Or, come to LEAP in the 2 evenings after the
performance night, and try out the instruments on display at the Open Stage.


Side Programme

Exhibition: 14.07.-15.07., 18-21.00

Open Stage: 14.07.-15.07., 18-21.00

Workshop: 11.07. & 12.07., 15.-19.00


“MAX/JITTER for beginners”, presented by Claudia Robles Angel

Places are limited


Workshop: 14.07. & 15.07., 13-19.00

“Xth Sense: Biophysical Music”, presented by Marco Donnarumma

Places are limited




[Workshop] Xth Sense Biophysical Music, London, Final Reminder

Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:00

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

(sorry for any x-post)

XTH SENSE Workshop @ Beam Festival, London
with Marco Donnarumma.

Create your own low cost, biophysical, wearable sensor for muscle sounds.
We have only very few places left. Visit the link below to register.


The Xth Sense is a biophysical musical instrument. With it you can produce music with the sound of your muscles.
It 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).
Its name is spelled ecsth sense (not tenth sense!). But it’s way easier to call it XS.

Students will build their own XS sensor.
Theoretical and practical training in gestural control of music and bodily audiovisual performance with the Xth Sense will be provided.
Reclaim your body and let it sound!

Complete info:

The workshop costs £50 and takes place over 3 sessions:
6 – 7.30pm Friday 22 June
11am – 6pm Saturday 23 June
10am – 12pm Sunday 24 June

Brunel University, Uxbridge, London.

feel free to distribute to your networks,
best wishes,


Donnarumma, Tanaka, Parkinson, Biophysical and mobile music

Sat May 19, 2012 20:00 - Sat May 19, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

In a double bill on May 19th, Marco Donnarumma starts with a performance utilizing the award-winning biophysical instrument Xth sense, that he teaches this weekend in a class at Harvestworks. This is followed by Adam Parkinson's and Atau Tanaka's exploitation of a common consumer electronics device, the iPhone.

Marco Donnarumma's Music for Flesh II is a seamless mediation between human biosonic potential and algorithmic composition. By enabling a computer to amplify and augment the muscle sounds of human tissues, the work approaches the biological body as a means for computational artistry.

Adam Parkinson & Atau Tanaka reappropriate the iPhone and its advanced technical capabilities to transform the consumer object into an expressive musical instrument for concert performance. In a duo, with one in each hand, they create a chamber music, 4-hands iPhone.

Picture: Donnarumma live at Cafè OTO, London, UK, 2012. Courtesy of Parag K Mital.