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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Marco Donnarumma Augmented Media Performance @ WRO Biennale 13th May

Fri May 13, 2011 19:00 - Fri May 13, 2011

Wroclaw, Poland

I Cntrl Nature | Audiovisual concert for augmented electric bass guitar, self-designed software and butterfly
I Cntrl Nature (Marco Donnarumma, 2009) is an unambiguous, synesthetic action of audiovisual improvisation.The live act represents the sarcastic celebration of the human instinct finally able to govern the nature. The improvised body gestures of the performer sculpt in real-time the soundscape and the moving images. The living creature on the screen reacts to the movements of the performer on stage in a mutual agreement and attraction.
Work info:
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The WRO Biennal is the leading international forum for new media art in Poland and Central Europe.
Other artists performing at WRO2011:
Stelarc, Istvan Kantor, Incite, Noriko Yamaguchi, Cécile Babiole.
Other upcoming events


Live Media Concert I C::ntr::l Nature at Screenplay, plus artist talk, Berlin

Sat Apr 09, 2011 19:00 - Sat Apr 09, 2011

Berlin, Germany

I C::ntr::l Nature v3.0 
Audiovisual concert for augmented bass guitar, Xth Sense biosensing technology and butterfly
by Marco Donnarumma.
Saturday 9th April
h. 19.00
Panoramasaal, .CHB, Berlin
Panel discussions, performances and installations by Mia Makela, Pierce Warnecke, Yroyto, Olga Mink, Abstract Birds, Servando Barreiro among the others.
SCREENPLAY represents contemporary audiovisual art with special focus on generative or cinematographic performance as well as performance involving live-camera-feedback.
SCREENPLAY shows an eclectic selection of artists who explore aestetic principles on the frontiers of new technologies, interactive story-telling and the interplay of audio and video.
Artist Talk
Saturday 9th April
h 20.30
NK, Berlin
Donnarumma will present some of his works, all deploying self-designed, Pure Data-based software, eventually focusing on the ongoing research project for biophysical live media 'Xth Sense'.


Workshop: Xth Sense Biophysical Music at NK Berlin

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:00 - Fri Apr 08, 2011

Berlin, Germany

LAST CALL for Participation:
April 6, 7, 8 2011
Xth Sense – biophysical generation and control of music
Elsenstr. 52/
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin Neukölln
The workshop offers an hands-on experience and both theoretical and practical training in gestural control of music and bodily musical performance, deploying the brand-new biosensing technology Xth Sense.

Developed by the workshop teacher Marco Donnarumma within a research project at The University of Edinburgh, Xth Sense is a framework for the application of muscle sounds to the biophysical generation and control of music.
It consists of a low cost, DIY biosensing wearable device and an Open Source based software for capture, analysis and audio processing of biological sounds of the body (Pure Data-based).
Muscle sounds are captured in real time and used both as sonic source material and control values for sound effects, enabling the performer to control music simply with his body and kinetic energy.
Forget your mice, MIDI controllers, you will not even need to look at your laptop anymore.

The Xth Sense biosensor was designed to be easily implemented by anyone, no previous experience in electronics is required.
The applications of the Xth Sense technology are manifold: from complex gestural control of samples and audio synthesis, through biophysical generation of music and sounds, to kinetic control of real time digital processing of traditional musical instruments, and more.

Firstly, participants will be introduced to the Xth Sense Technology by its author and led through the assembling of their own biosensing wearable hardware using the materials provided.
Next, they will become proficient with the Xth Sense software framework: all the features of the framework will be unleashed through practical exercises.
Theoretical background on the state of art of gestural control of music and new musical instruments will be developed by means of an audiovisual review and participatory critical analysis of relevant projects selected by the instructor.
Eventually, participants will combine hardware and software to implement a solo or group performance to be presented during the closing event.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be free to keep the Xth Sense biosensors they built and the related software for their own use.

Perspective participants
The workshop is open to anyone passionate about sound and music. Musical background and education does not matter as long as you are ready to challenge your usual perspective on musical performance.
Composers, producers, sound designers, musicians, field recordists are all welcome to join our team for an innovative and highly creative experience.

No previous experience in electronics or programming is required, however participants should be familiar with digital music creation. Participation is limited to 10 candidates.

Register by sending an email to

FULL PROGRAM available at…

Requirements and further info
Participants need to provide their own headphones, external soundcards and laptops with Pd-extended already installed.
Free download is available at

Musicians interested in augmenting their favourite musical instrument by means of body gestures are encouraged to bring their instrument along.

More information and a video of the latest Xth Sense performance can be viewed on-line at

6-7-8 April, 11.00-19.00 daily (6 hours sessions + 1 hour break)

EUR 90 including materials (EUR 15).
Picture Courtesy by Chris Scott at


Xth Sense, Biophysical generation and control of music [at] Imagine Create Festival

Thu Mar 31, 2011 16:30 - Thu Mar 31, 2011

Derry, Ireland

/// Xth Sense.

The Xth Sense is a low cost, Open Source-based framework for the application of muscle sounds to the biophysical generation and control of music (or more generally for responsive milieux). 
The framework includes a low cost biosensing wearable device, and a modular DSP software (Pure Data-based) for real time capture, analysis and design with muscle sounds.
Marco Donnarumma will be reporting on the methods used during the research, present findings, issues, and perspective outcomes, while discussing the aesthetic criteria underpinning the research.

Further info and live performance reel:

Donnarumma is a performer, new media and sonic artist.
He's currently interested in critical analysis and development of experimental paradigms for embodied interaction in performative environments.

/// Among the other invited speakers: 
Ricky Graham (Ulster), Dennis Fischer (Ableton), Gregory Taylor (Cycling '74), Jeff Burke (UCLA), Alex Beim (Tangible Interaction), James Alliban (Augmatic), Katsuyuki Shibata (Fukuoka University).


/// About Imagine Create:
Imagine Create is a digital arts festival which brings together a leading-edge line-up of talents and minds from the worlds of art, design, new media and software development.
Expect five days of inspirational talks, demonstrations, panels, exhibits and performances delivered by the people and tools transforming digital culture.
The biennial event will take place at locations around the city of Derry~Londonderry and runs from 29 March to 2 April 2011.

For further information please visit the festival website


Non-Bio Boom Premiere - Musicircus for Xth Sense Biosensing Wearable Tech

Tue Mar 15, 2011 19:00 - Tue Mar 15, 2011

Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dear all,
I'm glad to inform you about this event.
At the moment I'm artist in residence at Inspace, Edinburgh, developing a site specific, multichannel and participatory work for 10 biosensing wearable devices (Xth Sense).

The piece will be premiered tomorrow Tuesday along with my other work for biosensing device Music for Flesh II; further info below.

Inspace is a laboratory that explores the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice.
Inspace is home to a joint research partnership between the School of Informatics and New Media Scotland.

Tuesday 15th March 2011, 7.30 for 8pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

As a part of our Non-Bio Boom season we are delighted to host a new work development residency by Marco Donnarumma, with Brendan F Doyle (Production Sound Engineering). The residency will conclude with two concerts over the course of one evening for bio-sensing wearable technologies.

The first concert will include Music for Flesh II (, a new solo piece by Marco Donnarumma; the second concert will be the premiere of a multi-channel work specifically created by the artist for Inspace, which will actively involve the audience in an augmented Cagean Musicircus.

Admission free, but on-line booking is required:

Xth Sense is an ongoing research project which investigates experimental applications of Open Source based, bio-sensing technologies for musical performance and responsive milieux.
The Xth Sense software framework is implemented in Pure Data.
Further information:

Marco Donnarumma is a performer, new media and sonic artist currently interested in critical analysis and development of experimental paradigms for embodied interaction in performative environments.

Picture Courtesy of