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Marco Donnarumma

Marco Donnarumma

Music for Flesh II (Marco Donnarumma 2011, present) is a solo sonic piece for augmented muscles sounds, which aims at demonstrating an experimental coupling between unheard sounds of muscle gestures and corresponding sound synthesis played back through loudspeakers.

In Music for Flesh II the only musical instrument available to the performer is his own body. Performer’s voluntary muscles contractions produce kinetic energy, an acoustic sound which is captured by the Xth Sense biosensor and deployed as only sonic source. At the same time the biological signal undergoes a feature extraction which provides several control parameters for the real time processing of muscles sounds.

Performer uses his body not only as a controller, but, more importantly, also as a truly real musical instrument; he is capable of actually creating music in real time exciting his muscles fibres.

Such paradigm attempts at informing classical gestural control of music and musical performance itself. During the execution both performer and listeners can perceive an authentic auditive and cognitive intimacy; the neat and natural responsiveness of the system prompts a suggestive and unconventional coupling of sound and gestures.

Performances and talks in 2011 include Non-Bio Boom at Inspace, Imagine Create Festival, Linux Audio Conference, ICMC and 4th Pure Data Convention.


New media and sonic artist, performer and teacher, Marco Donnarumma was born in Italy and is based in Edinburgh, UK. His works are regularly presented internationally. He has exhibited and performed in 25 countries across South America, Europe, India, China and Australia (among the others, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral, Pure Data Convention, Linux Audio Conference, EMAF, Visionsonic, Live!iXem, Carnival of e-Creativity, Netaudio). His projects have been featured on Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Rhizome, Turbulence.org and Micro Art in China.

He received a BA (cum laude) in New Technologies for Arts and Performance at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, Italy. Presently, he investigates experimental paradigms for embodied interaction in performative environments at The University of Edinburgh, supervised by composer and sound artist Dr. Martin Parker.

Donnarumma teaches workshops and gives talks for international academic institutions and venues on a regular basis – including NK Berlin, University of London, Glasgow Centre for Contemporay Arts, UPR Universidad de Puerto Rico, Trinity College, NUI Maynooth and Ulster University in Ireland, Gotland University Institute for New Media Art and Technology in Sweden, Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory in Italy.