13.08.08

Deaf can see sound

AUTHOR: Inavate

Deaf children have been testing software that allows them to see a visual representation of sound waves, reports the BBC website.

The software is called Lumisonic and was developed by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London. It creates a real time representation of sound and is designed in such a way as to produce rapid responses in the human brain. Sound waves are translated into circles, which expand and contract depending on the pitch of the sound.

The project to develop Lumisonic, which was the brainchild of Dr Mick Grierson, involved the London Philharmonic Orchestra, whose musicians performed with deaf children at a school in East London.

“It gave them a way of interacting with sound and music, with musicians who are highly skilled. It enabled them to work with music in a way they haven’t been able to before,” said Dr Grierson.