Music for the hearing impaired

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:13pm

Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear, a piece of music designed for people with hearing impairments, opens in February at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, in Melbourne.

The performance has been designed specifically for communicating music through cochlear implants that traditionally are unable to discern between music and generic sound.

Sound artist and composer Robin Fox led the team commissioned to create the composition, which was funded by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and run by Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute, according to a report published in The Age online.

This is only the second time such a concert has been undertaken – the first was in Edinburgh in 2009 when two Scottish composers collaborated to produce a couple of musicals for hearing impaired adults and children.

Fox goes into more detail about the project in his blog announcing the funding.

Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear will be held at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, on February 13. Tickets cost $15, $10 concession, and are available from the box office.

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