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THE ORGAN OF CORTI

An evening of low frequency, inter-sensory new music for organ and electronics.

“As part of an ongoing collaboration between the Organ Project at the Union Chapel and Queen Mary, University of London, researcher in new musical instruments Robert Jack has been investigating the ways that we experience music beyond hearing, and developing technologies aimed at expressing sound through tactile vibration.

At the heart of the project is an inquiry into how the Henry Willis organ at the Union Chapel can be made accessible – by way of augmentation, translation or enhancement – to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The research has produced prototypes of extended listening devices for feeling sound, demonstrating some of the possibilities for the cross-sensorial experience of music.”

29 October 2014 – more information
7.30pm (doors 7pm) – free with suggested donation of £5 for the organ project

I went to a fantastic event back in January to welcome the newly upgraded organ which included a screening of ‘King of Instruments’, a documentary charting the progress of its restoration, with a talk on the history of the chapel and organ and lots of music.

This event is considering ways of making heard music more felt, for people where hearing is less straightforward. There’s also a corollary (also worked on by people at QMUL) looking at ways of making it easier for blind musicians and audio producers to create and also to work together with sighted people. Previously a lot of the ‘tech’ for this sort of thing had buttons and sliders but with an increasing emphasis on touch-screen displays this makes it all that bit harder for those who can’t see with ease.

Further reading
DePIC – Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration
– a project which “aims to develop new ways for people to interact with each other using different senses, so reducing barriers caused by visual and other sensory impairments”

As a Musician Loses Her Sight, A Rush for Music Apps for the Blind
“…because sight is so deeply connected to the way in which music developers map your brain to software, losing her vision could mean losing her ability to work with digital tools.”