HarpCI Workshops

This weekend I and Eleanor Turner, we have been running the HarpCI workshops at Integra Lab and Cardiff Metropolitan University for Camac Harp Weekend 2017. It has been and incredible and inspiring weekend with a wide range of harpists, kids and adults. Eleanor explored “traditional” ways to manipulate sound using guitar pedals. I then introduced the MyoSpat system, […]

The Wood And The Water

After four months of hard work, the main outcome of the HarpCI project sees the light.   The Wood And The Water for harp and electronics is composed by Eleanor Turner using MyoSpat. The performance explores principles of human-computer interaction in the field of musical performance. The performer, Eleanor Turner, elaborates the auditory and visual feedback […]

Call for beta testers

We are currently looking for beta testers to test and evaluate MyoSpat, a creative sound spatialisation system controllable through hand gestures developed by our PhD student Balandino Di Donato. The system aims to facilitate the creative use of sound spatialisation during live musical performance through easily learned hand gestures. MyoSpat is developed using the Myo armband, Myo Mapper, […]

The ‘how’ and the ‘what’

Last week I spent my evenings creating a digital “musical instrument” for a unique and rare person I met a while ago. My objective was to create a musical instrument based on her passion for chemistry, music and gaming. So I decided to create something which could transform as many materials and fluids as possible into sound. After a few […]

Towards grabbing and throwing sounds away

Over the last year, I’ve been working on the development of an interactive audio spatialiser designed to move a vocal sound during musical performance. I tried to solve this problem by empowering the user to position the sound within an acoustic space through orienting the arm in that position (read more about it). It was just a starting point towards […]

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Presenting at MTFBerlin a project in collaboration with Grace Savage

Redirected from: Three-time British beatboxing champion, singer, songwriter, actor, looping artist extraordinaire and one of Elle magazine’s top 100 inspiring women in the world, Grace Savage is coming to #MTFBerlin at Funkhaus, 27-30 May. Savage will be teaming up with music technology researcher, inventor and #MusicBricks developer Balandino di Donato to create a groundbreaking performance that uses gestural interfaces […]

Using the Xth Sense to create virtual water games – For XTH Sense Blog

The amazing thing about virtual environments is that with a bit of imagination and creativity, you are able to create your own world. For the past few months, I’ve been playing with the concept of emulating gestural interactions with objects from the real world and perceiving the same auditory feedback in the virtual realm, yet […]

Porto International Conference on Musical Gestures as Creative Interfaces

Just back… well that’s hard to tell where from, because of the French strike which held me first in Porto and then Lisbon. Let’s say I’m back from Portugal. The reason why I flew to Porto is to present my PhD work (HERE is the abstract) at the first edition of the Porto International Conference on Musical […]

Exploring Live Sound Spatialisation Using Gestural Control – For Myo Deveveloper Blog

A blog post published on Myo Deveveloper Blog. My name is Balandino Di Donato and I’m a PhD student at Integra Lab (BCU), where HCI (Human Computer Interaction), design and audio signal elaboration coexist to create new musical experiences. My work explores ways to map beatboxers’ gestures into features to electronically transform beatboxing vocal sounds. This […]

MyoMapper stable release

After a long period spent testing MyoMapper 0.1, here is the stable release. Please DOWNLOAD it and let me know how it goes. Here you can find all info to get started with it. For any issue, please feel free to drop me a message. Thanks to all users who tested it so far! Below […]

Call for Beatboxers

Hi to all beatboxers! I’m a PhD Student at Integra Lab, Birmingham City University (UK). My research is focused on the design and development of an application for mobile devices and Myo armband, which allows beatboxers to spatialise their vocal’s sounds through already learnt gestures. Below you find a video clip realised during tests to explore the Myo armband capabilities. During the last year […]


Equinode Equinode fuses interactive light projections and algorithmically generated music to create an immersive audience experience. n Visitors uncover streams of music and manipulate the spectrum of light by stepping onto the platform and finding a point of balance and equilibrium: an equinode. Sensors hidden in the platform detect the slightest movements made by whoever steps onto […]

equinode for Vagiti Ultimi Spoiler!

Just a quick spoiler about ‘equinode’, an interactive installation created for Vagiti Ultimi 2015, which will be running from 26th August until 14th September in Atri (Teramo, Italy). The installation has been realised by me, James Dooley and Guido Iommarini as members of the new born Star Node group. Our work has been supported by the Integra Lab, which gave […]

Back to the future!

I’m going to travel soon for vacation and work, as every time I go somewhere.As the post’s title suggests, I’m going to talk about something which happened few months ago, yet it projected my research work further. I have been in L’Aquila last June, where with Marco Giordano I put one more time my hands […]

Making in Bham

I’m based in Birmingham since May 2013, and everyone around me makes things and stuff. Currently, they are building in every corner of the city centre, they do indoor and outdoor exhibitions, concerts, they read in parks (unless the library is open, see the picture…………………). So, few months ago I have decided to make stuff too! Together […]

Exploration of mixed reality using Integra Live and Myo armband.

A few months ago I posted a video (at the end of the page) about one of my experiments, yet I haven’t written anything about it so far. As summer is not always sunny and warm (in the UK), I’m now putting down everything I never wrote about. In an effort to define the hardware and software framework, […]

Visit at K-Array laboratories

Everything began when I first saw the following video regarding the K-Array KW8 speakers (aka Owl). After I saw such video, I just wrote an e-mail to the K-Array team about my interest to use such technology in combination with gestural devices. They answered positively, and after a couple of weeks, I had a video […]


MyoMapper (beta version)

Just back from ICAD15, where students and researchers asked me about the system I’ve used to hack the Myo armband. When I just started to work with the Myo I’ve developed Myo2MIDI, which is a Myo connector able to convert Myo data into MIDI values. However this solution wasn’t the best one, because of rescaling and centring issues. […]


Just back from Umeå (Sweden), which is a lovely city to visit, where I’ve been presenting my research focused on the gSPAT development at MTFScandi. It has been a great experience supported by Integra Lab and BCU. If you have never been at Music Tech Fest, just do it!!! Music Tech Fest is the free festival of music ideas, mixing […]

CUK Research Students’ Forum 2015

Here the presentation of my research at CUK Research Students’ Forum 2015.


About two years ago I gained my bachelor degree and I decided to move to Birmingham (UK), to join the Integra Lab. It was my birthday, Jamie Bullock and all the other guys of the lab, welcomed me warmly. In a couple of days, I felt at home and ready to give my contribution to the development of Integra Live. Since […]

Hello world

Hello world. Couldn’t be such meaningful expression the first entry of this blog. For those who are not informatics, it is just a way to say this is the start, the first things ever seen in this blog. Moreover, it wants to be an attempt to collocate myself between whom try to be creative using a […]

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