Full!! Wireless sensing for music, environments, and performance with Sense/Stage

June 15th, 2013 10:00 am until June 16th, 2013
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam

This workshop is full!


A 2-day workshop exploring the creative possibilities of wireless, networked sensing. The platform we’ll be using is Sense/Stage, a hardware/software system developed specifically for the development of wireless and networked systems for performance, dance, and music.


DATE: 15-16 June, 2013
TIME: 10:00 – 18:00 (each day)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam
COST: €80
Register for this workshop together with the Isadora workshop and receive €20 discount off the total fee. Please indicate in both registration forms that you are planning on attending both workshops.


SenseStage Environment

Patterns and Pleasure SenseStage

Andi Otto's Fello Sense/Stage bow

Andi Otto – Fello Sense/Stage bow

Dieter Vandoren - Integration controllers v3

Dieter Vandoren – Integration controllers v3

The workshop will focus on using the hardware and integrating it with your current software environment. The goal is for everyone participating in the workshop to come out ready to use Sense/Stage in their own creative projects.

Day 1 of the workshop will feature an introduction to Sense/Stage, detailing the hardware and software infrastructure in a presentation, followed by a hands-on demonstration of the hardware and software. We will also discuss your plans on using the technology in your projects.

Day 2 we will focus on getting started with how to integrate the technology in your own projects, showing how to attach sensors to the Sense/Stage MiniBees and adjust the configuration of the software. For those experienced with Arduino software, there will also be an introduction on how to modify the Sense/Stage MiniBee firmware to customize it for additional sensors (which are not supported yet), or use the Sense/Stage MiniBees in alternative configurations (node-to-node communication and interactons).

We assume you already have some experience with interactive art and design, and that you are already familiar with an OSC-friendly software package for creating sound, visuals, and interaction.

Sense/Stage is:

The Wireless Sensor Hardware
The Sense/Stage minibee is a small, battery-powered Arduino-based wireless node that can be worn on the wrist, sewn into clothing, or embedded in objects. Each node is equipped with a built-in accelerometer (ideal for capturing motion), but also has ample analog/digital input possibilities for adding more sensors, and can communicate using OSC. You can have as many or as few of these nodes as you need, and using the data sharing software they can all communicate with one another.


The Data Sharing Environment
Cross-platform, open-source software that enables the real-time sharing of sensor data among wireless nodes. Collaborators subscribe to any incoming data streams they want to use, and supply data streams of their own for use by other collaborators.

More information about Sense/Stage is available at:  http://docs.sensestage.eu

Write-up about the experience of using Sense/Stage by Jan Klug

SenseStage Minibee

Andi Otto - Fello Sense/Stage naked


What to bring / prepare

Participants must bring their own laptops (Linux, MacOS, Windows); during the workshop Sense/Stage MiniBee kits will be provided as workshop material. And after the workshop participants will have the opportunity to buy a kit to take home (see https://shop.sensestage.eu for pricing). In case you intend to buy more than the Starter Kit (one coordinator, two nodes and a battery kit), please let us know in advance to make sure enough hardware is available.



Marije Baalman is a artist and researcher/developer working in the field of interactive sound installations.

She studied Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft and graduated in February 2002 on the topic of Perceptual Acoustics. In 2001/2002 she followed the Sonology Course at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She completed her Ph.D. on Wave Field Synthesis and electro-acoustic music in 2007 at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a post-doctoral researcher in Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, on the Sense/Stage project. Since 2010 she works as a freelance artist and developer from Amsterdam and works as a hardware engineer at STEIM.

Her current research goes into the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), installations and interactive environments.

She has performed and exhibited work across Europe (STEIM, WORM (NL), EXIT festival (F), Club Transmediale (D), Make Art (FR)) and beyond (Electrofringe (AU), Translife (CN), Elektra (CA)). She is a contributor to The SuperCollider Book (MIT Press, 2011).

In her artistic work she is interested in the realtime components of the work, in that nothing is precomposed as such, but rather the (mostly, but not exclusively) sonic output depends on realtime interactions, be it of the performer, or of the audience. Thus composition becomes more the composing of behaviours and interaction modalities, creating processes, rather than fixed sound tracks. This is expressed with tools such as physical computing (performance interfaces and/or installations), livecoding (both as a skill, as well as a performance interface), digital and analog sound processing, and improvisation.

She has collaborated with various people, amongst which Alberto de Campo, Chris Salter, Michael Schumacher, Attakkalari Dance Company and Workspace Unlimited.

To realise her works she mostly uses open source technology (software and hardware) and she is an active contributor to the open source community.