Archive for ‘Individual projects’

May 1st, 2013

LLEAPP 2013, UoE

LLEAPP (Laboratory for Laptop and Electronic Audio Performance Practice) came home in April 2013, with some changes to the format of the event, most notably the employment of a Musical Director (the excellent Jan Hendrickse), and the decision to stage two performance events, the first being an introductory showcase, and the second inspired by The Odyssey.

Watch a short video showing some of the second performance

Performance setup in Inspace

Thanks to ECA Devolved Researchers Fund, Inspace and Lucy Kendra

More information at

October 3rd, 2012

Two new PhD’s born in 2012

It gives us great pleasure to announce two new PhDs were born in 2012.

Sean Williams was the first ever student to graduate from our PhD in Creative Music Practice . Supervised by Martin Parker and Simon Frith, the research “Electronic music instrument practice and the mechanisms of influence between technical design, performance practice and composition“, included detailed case studies of both King Tubby’s and Stockahusen’s music, methods and technologies alongside a portfolio of original practice that ranged from analogue tape music composition, through to a recording of a short work for wax cylinder.  Sean is now a Leverhulme scholar attached to the Reid School of Music here in Edinburgh.

Vangelis Lympouridis‘ PhD was produced collaboration with the SPECKLED Computing Group in Informatics and was supervised by Martin Parker and D.K. Arvind. Vangelis’ thesis included a portfolio of experimental work with dancers, yoga practitioners and a Flamenco dancer along with a written submission explored in detail “Design Strategies for Whole Body Interactive Performance Systems“. Vangelis is now based in the US working at the University of South California, based at the Interactive Media Division in the School of Cinematic Arts.


May 21st, 2012

Inventor Composer Coaction

Photo by Jakub Gloser

We teamed up with the Red Note Ensemble for a special edition of Noisy Nights at the Jam House, Edinburgh. The Inventor Composer Coaction was a long-term project, designed to facilitate collaboration between composers and developers of bespoke digital or electronic instruments, for the creation of new music. We paired seven postgraduate composers from the University of Edinburgh (Jessica Aslan, Lauren Sarah Hayes, Stuart MacRae, Christos Michalakos, Shiori Usui, Harry Whalley & Richard Worth) with seven new digital instruments, designed by Marco Donnarumma (University of Edinburgh), Oli Larkin (University of Leeds), John Matthias (University of Plymouth), Adam Place (Bristol), Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM, Paris) & Ed Wright (University of Bangor). Details of the project at:

March 21st, 2012

Article on Instrument Making featuring ‘kontroll’

The most recent edition of Danish music magazine Seismograf takes a look at the theme of instrument making. Rasmus Holmboe has written an insightful article which ties my own work into the piano-rich history of instrument exploration.

Original article:

Click here for a crude translation if your Danish isn’t up to scratch!


March 3rd, 2012

Publication in Networked Electroacoustic Music edition of Organised Sound

Organised Sound New publication: Hayes, L & Michalakos, C.

Imposing a Networked Vibrotactile Communication System for  Improvisational Suggestion

in Organised Sound, Volume 17, Networked Electroacoustic Music. Cambridge University Press.

February 23rd, 2012

Xth Sense First Prize Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition, US

Performing at Georgia Tech, US

The Xth Sense (XS), has been awarded the first prize at the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition as “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument.”
The XS is a novel, biophysical wearable technology for musical performance and responsive milieux being developed by Marco Donnarumma at the SLE, Sound Lab Edinburgh. It consists of a free and open framework of hardware and software that reacts and interacts with the vibrations of muscle tissue.

The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering.
It takes place at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, Atlanta, US.
This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

The Xth Sense is a free and open project; release for public use is scheduled in April 2012.
Please, visit this webpage for further information.

December 12th, 2011

Elektron Musik Studion

It was fantastic to spend a full week at the Elektron Music Studion in Södermalm, Stockholm. Mats Lindström is the director. I worked in Studio 4 with the Buchla 200 system. A few more pictures here. This was followed by a live radio broadcast of kontroll on Swedish radio station P2 available here. The show is called Monitor, produced by Erik Mikael Karlsson and Lisa Wall, and plays a great range of new music and sound art. Erik and Mats have both performed at Soundings in Edinburgh years ago. It would be great to see them back in Edinburgh again!

November 21st, 2011

Augmented Drum Kit :: Frrriction EP

Frrriction is a new solo improvised work by Christos Michalakos, exploring the possibilities the electronically augmented drum kit.

It is available here



November 21st, 2011

Xth Sense Performance – Dimensions In Sound**


Dimensions In Sound**

Sensor based performances

Atau Tanaka

Marco Donnarumma – Xth Sense Performance

Kaffe Mathews

Ben Freeth

+++ Plus Special Surprise Guest +++
Now confirmed special guest and AV Festival preview, Phill Niblock!

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Culture Lab
Newcastle University, Grand Assembly Rooms, Kings Walk, NE1 7RU

Flyer Image courtesy by Chris Scott.


October 29th, 2011

Xth Sense Biophysical Music Workshops: Winter Sessions in Mexico, UK, Spain

Marco Donnarumma Xth Sense Workshop UNAM Mexico

The Xth Sense (XS) is a free and open source based technology; as such, its free distribution is an integral aspect of the research.
In this workshop participants build their own XS biosensor and learn how to generate interactive music from the muscle sounds of their bodies.

Winter workshops schedule:

  • 7o Simposio Internacional del Posgrado en Artes Visuales
    3,4,5,7,10 November at the UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico City,
    Info and registration;
  • CultureLab
    21-25 November, Newcastle, UK;
    Info and registration;
  • Matadac Festival
    12-15 December, Madrid, ES.


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