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Listening to music with your whole body

Lizzie Cornish 1 17 Mar 10 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,leeneia 17 Mar 10 - 10:14 AM
katlaughing 18 Mar 10 - 04:12 PM
George Papavgeris 18 Mar 10 - 10:53 PM
VirginiaTam 19 Mar 10 - 04:11 AM
VirginiaTam 19 Mar 10 - 04:20 AM
Will Fly 19 Mar 10 - 05:16 AM
Marje 19 Mar 10 - 05:45 AM
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Subject: Listening to music with your whole body
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 06:42 AM

From the wonderful Youtube site ..

Evelyn Glennie talking about how she listens to music....and for anyone who may be reading this who has not heard of Evelyn (although I doubt that) she became profoundly deaf at the age of 12.

Listen to her telling the story of how she and her music teacher worked out a way for her still to be able to 'hear' music, how *she* taught him a different way of hearing..

And how she was refused entry into The Royal Academy, because they had no idea of the future of a deaf musician. She refused to accept their refusal. They backed down and not only accepted her but it changed their whole outlook, because now they will not refuse any application whatsoever from anyone, depending on their physical condition.

A very inspirational woman, and a great video, of over 30 minutes.

Evelyn's 'How To Listen to Music With Your Whole Body' - Youtube

Evelyn's Website


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for posting, Lizzie. This sounds very intriguing. I don't have 30 minutes right now, but I definitely will view the video.

I have deaf relatives and became interested in the world of the deaf long ago.

A warning - turn the volume down briefly for the loud sound effects at the beginning.


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 04:12 PM

I've been following her for years. Really talented and an inspiration.


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 10:53 PM

I saw her in Athens 12 years ago. She held us spellbound for 2 hours - amazing person & performer.


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 04:11 AM

Wonderful

"Whatever the eye sees then there is always sound happening!"


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 04:20 AM

whoa... I just replicated sound/feel of rain on the crown of head and forehead by quickly drumming my fingers across aforementioned areas.

Even more wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: Will Fly
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 05:16 AM

I remember going to a party in Muswell Hill in London around 40 years ago. One of the young guys at the party had a profoundly deaf wife who was dancing away to the music. At one point I asked her how she could get the rhythm of the music, and she smiled and pointed to the floor. "Through my feet" was the reply.

On a similar tack, the bass player in a trio I played with for many years had a day job as an audiologist - a scientist who specialised in the technology of sound - at the London ENT Hospital. He was invited professionally to a school in the Midlands to do specialist tests on a group of young, deaf musicians, and was amazed particularly at the abilities of one of the girls who was a percussionist. Not Evelyn Glennie of course, but someone who demonstrated similar abilities.

It's not an unusual occurrence to hear with our bodies. Play a guitar close to your stomach (a necessity in my case!) and you can feel not only the vibrations but something akin to pitch resonating inside you.


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Subject: RE: Listening to music with your whole body
From: Marje
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 05:45 AM

We once wandered into a pub with a loud band playing, and became aware that a group of your deaf people were there. While the rest of us found conversation impossible, they were happily conversing in sign language, and leaning against pillars or walls so they could feel the music through the fabric of the building. They really had it sorted and we felt we were the "handicapped" ones.

Marje


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