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

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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[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.


Incarnated Sound | Marco Donnarumma US Tour 2012

Sat May 05, 2012 14:15 - Sun May 27, 2012

United States of America

||||| Biophysical Music, Sonic Flesh theory and Body Hacking courses ||||


Dear all,
hoping it might be of your interest,
I'm sharing with you the schedule of the upcoming USA Tour.

I'll be performing, teaching and speaking with and about the Xth Sense in 5 cities on the East Coast.
See the planned events below, and feel free to get in touch if you happen to be in the area.

For detailed information you're welcome to visit:

You can still book a place for the Xth Sense workshop in New York at:

best wishes.


||| ACM - CHI 2012 Liveness
||| 5-10 May
||| Austin Conference Center, Texas

- Presentation “Xth Sense: recoding visceral embodiment”
Other presenters include Toby Harris, Maria Lantin and Leila Sujir, among the others.


||| They, Who Sound
||| 7 May
||| Avant Garden, 411 Westheimer, Houston, Texas.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”, interactive music piece for enhanced body.
- Performing “Nascent”, incarnated sound sculpture, US Premiere;


||| Washington DC
||| 15 May.
|||American University, Washington DC.

A night of Biophysical music with Marco Donnarumma.
- Performing “Music for Flesh II”;
- Performing “Nascent”;
- Open Workshop “Performing incarnated sound: the Xth Sense”.


||| Tanaka/Donnarumma, Mobile and biophysical music
||| 18 May
||| Spectrum, 115 West 23rd Street #22, Manhattan, New York.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”.
Also on stage Atau Tanaka with his mobile musical instruments.


||| Xth Sense Workshop New York
||| 19-20 May
||| Harvestworks, Manhattan, New York.

- Workshop “Xth Sense, Biophysical Music”.
Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance.
Build your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.
Book a place at:


||| NIME Conference
||| 21-23 May
||| University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”;
- Poster “Music for Flesh II: informing interactive music performance with the viscerality of the body system”

Picture courtesy of Bence Kollanyi


Xth Sense - Biophysical Summer Workshops Mexico DF, New York, London, Berlin

Mon Apr 23, 2012 14:40

Dear all,

hoping it might be of interest, I'm writing to forward the info related to the Xth Sense (XS) Summer Workshops.
The XS is a free and open biophysical technology.
It was recently named the "world's most innovative new musical instrument" by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (US).

Courses are taking place worldwide, below detailed info and how to get involved.



Xth Sense - Sonic Body and Biophysical Music
Build your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.
Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance.


\\\\\ MEXICO DF | *Liveness*
It is the first Mexican gathering of international artists whose main interest lies in the critical investigation and distribution of a discourse around theater, dance or performance practices that rely on a tight relationship between body and technology.
@ Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico DF

\\\\\ NEW YORK | *Harvestworks*
Founded in 1977, its mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies.
@ Harvestworks, New York, USA

\\\\\ LONDON | *BEAM Festival*
It is a high-tech music weekender, a playground of homemade instruments and sonic installations, where you can listen to, watch and learn how to create your own physically living electronic music.
@ Artaud Forum, Brunel University, London, UK

\\\\\ BERLIN | To be announced
This session needs to be confirmed, but expression of interest are welcome.


Visit this page below, and book your place by visiting the related links for each event.

Places are limited to 10 participants for each session, so it is recommended to book in advance.
If you want to host an Xth Sense workshop, don't hesitate to contact me at


Hypo Chrysos, action art for vexed body and biophysical media


"Hypo Chrysos exasperates the viscerality of the body system, so to critically explore the territory in between biosciences, technology and performance art." Octophonic corporeal sound, sensing video and 2 concrete blocks of 15kg each.


Hypo Chrysos is the second, new performance work based on the Xth Sense (XS), a biophysical open technology for musical performance and responsive milieux.

This work tries to investigate a very different field of interaction, if compared to my previous piece for the XS, titled Music for Flesh II.