We bridge the gap between the traditionally hearing world of music and the kinetic world of the deaf…Music is a visceral, auditory, visual, and at times, synesthetic experience. We believe that no one should be excluded from the world of music or the performing arts. Every body has a place in the experiential, and we have created the space where this can occur. CYMASPACE is the only venue of its kind in North America.
So far, Myles de Bastion has focused on sound sensing lights. We’re now combining our forces to help show participants to experience the show in a unique, individual experience. Soon, we hope that others will lend their skill-sets to make it all possible.
My lofty goal? To create a patch kit that allows someone to attach sound sensors and vibrating motors (similar to what makes your cellphone vibrate) to an article of clothing.
Features will hopefully include:
- Vibra-tactile sensations (haptic feedback) notifying the wearer of the direction of the sound, it’s volume, and pitch
- A knob that allows the wearer to increase or decrease sensor sensitivity
- USB rechargeable
- Direct input from devices such as a computer or iPod
- Wireless input
- Analog input
Walking home from my meeting with Myles, I began realizing how many sounds that create my world that those with hearing impairments don’t get to experience. My footsteps on the sidewalk, the (startling) throat clearing sound from a construction worker just out of visual range, chatter from beyond the open window of a neighbor’s house, are all shades in the palate of sound easily taken for granted.
Also, as someone easily overwhelmed by sensory input when out in the world, I’d like to have something that connects me to the external world while minimizing the sense of overwhelm. In theory, the vibrations will allow for me to settle-in to a single sensation. In a way, this allows my sense of touch to override the cacophony of sounds surrounding me.
Beyond an experience at a show or managing overwhelm, I’d like to see the vest used for safety as well.
One application is for cyclists, whose safety can rely heavily on sounds. Some examples include indications that a car is coming, how far away it is, a rough estimate of its speed, if something bounced off the tire of the cyclist in front of them indicating a possible obstruction in their path.
Want to get involved? Send an email to Cacophonous Creations at gmail dot com or fill out the contact form below.
I’ll post regular updates, pictures, and resources. Feel free to jump in with suggestions, recommendations, or assistance at any time.