XTH Sense’s expanded functionality reaching new audiences

XTH Sense’s expanded functionality reaching new audiences

The past weeks have been quite packed for our XTH Team. We have been working on two major presentations: a large-scale participatory concert by co-founder Marco Donnarumma in collaboration with spatial sound innovators 4DSOUND; and a presentation/pitch by co-founder Heidi Boisvert at THNK FSTVL, a think-tank of creative leaders focused on social change and forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing issues of our century. Marco’s new work, entitled 0-Infinity, was commissioned by 4DSOUND in occasion of the launch of their 24h program Circadian, which premiered at TodaysArt Festival in The Hague. The ambitious program curated by 4DSOUND brought together world-renown artists to create new works that prompted reflection on the relation of sound, light, physiology and sound affect. Marco created an unstable system that, by amplifying the heartbeat and blood flow of visitors and their movements in space, created an intense and entraining communal experience of sound and light. The work was realized during a residency at 4DSOUND’s new HQ in Budapest. There, Marco together with the 4DSOUND team, interfaced the new wireless XTH Sense with the original spatial sound algorithms created by 4DSOUND. Salient features of muscle sounds and blood flow sounds were mapped to the dimensions of multiple sound sources, while the 9-degrees-of-freedom from the XTH Sense’s accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer were mapped to the movement of those sound sources in space. It was particularly interesting to experience how the infrasound and low frequencies produced by the human body and amplified by the XTH Sense could be spatialized across the studio, roughly 300sqm, in a way that was clearly perceivable to the listener. This is rather uncommon,...
First Batch of Custom XTH Sense Almost Ready

First Batch of Custom XTH Sense Almost Ready

It’s been awhile since our last update. Marco & I’ve been busy finishing up our PhDs, traveling around to demo the first iteration of the new XTH sense at various conferences and festivals, including SOLID by O’Reilly, NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression), NYEAF (New York Electronic Art Festival), and cultivating some exciting partnerships we hope to share with you very soon! In the meanwhile, our team (whom you met in our last post) has made some astonishing progress. Marije has finalized the firmware and Marco’s been working with Will to parse the two new data sets (body temperature & 9-degrees-of-freedom). They’ve also been getting the PD patch into C for the API.  Once these remaining items are complete all the energy will be focused on the software side: feature extraction, musical algorithms, and interfacing with web-based applications, mobile devices, Unity, Isadora, Ableton and anything else the community can think of. In addition, Simon’s been preparing a small, custom batch of boards and Marina’s sent out the design for both the transmitter and receiver encasing to a 3D printer . She has also been tirelessly hand-sewing some adjustable straps for all parts of the body. We’ll use this first batch for demo-ing, market discovery and a new commission of Marco’s work. On the branding front, Paola has completed our beautiful brand book, which we are beginning to implement to increase our visibility, and she and I are moving into Kickstarter mode in preparation for our launch in the Fall. Things are moving swiftly!  Sign up for our newsletter for more details or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to...

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