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, because the significant length of infrasound and low frequency waves make them more difficult to localize in space than the frequencies in the mid-high end of the human hearing spectrum. During the premiere at TodaysArt Festival, the combination of the unique 4DSOUND speakers and algorithms with the original bioacoustic wireless technology of the XTH Sense proved an efficient solution to the dynamic spatialization of infra- and low-frequency sounds; this, coupled with a composition of deep drones and high-powered lighting rig made the final experience of 0-Infinity become something quite special, something that comes immediately through by looking at the pictures above (courtesy of Fanni Fazakas and Georg Schroll).
Meanwhile, Heidi pitched the XTH Sense to a packed house at the inaugural THNK FSTVL in Amsterdam. The positive response was overwhelming. When she asked how many people would be interested in beta-testing the XTH Sense, the entire room raised their hand. After the pitch, a number of people came up to suggest unexpected uses for the XTH Sense, from unique security signatures to healing trauma in Africa. The attendees also showed a great interest in supporting our mission to bring the XTH Sense to different industry sectors, such as fashion and gaming. The experience confirmed that we’re onto something BIG!