Coke Studio proved that music doesn’t need to be heard, it needs to be felt

Recently, Coke Studio (famous for bringing artists from remote areas of the country to the forefront) began a praiseworthy project facilitating Pakistan’s nine million population of deaf individuals to experience music

Titled, Coke Studio for the Deaf, the program will help people with hearing impairments to infiltrate and understand the significant effect, as well as the psychological, convictional and behavioural power of music

Any art of resonance that articulates thoughts, dreams and sentiments through the components of rhythm, tune and harmony, is in fact an outpouring of the soul, where an individual can change and come across a totally different perception of him or herself

In other words, music is the unanimous language of human beings, it can express the inexpressible and help us converse beyond the bounds of human comprehension

This makes music so pleasing and exquisite

Various people still have questions regarding this though; they seem unsure about whether or not the deaf community can enjoy music

The answer is simple; they can

People with minute or no hearing ability at all can still feel the message behind music

One such example is the prodigious musician and composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, who lost his hearing during the peak of his career, but produced phenomenal music including the Moonlight Sonata (1801) and the Eroica Symphony (1803-4) which symbolised the end of the classical era and the beginning of musical romanticism

 Symphony no 5 and 6, The Pastoral as well as Ninth Symphony (1817-23) were all produced during his deafness

To ‘hear’ sounds, Beethoven depended on the vibrations of his legless piano and by feeling the slight trembling of the floor when he played

A deaf person can enjoy the rhythm of music by feeling shakiness, vibrations and fluctuations

Surprisingly, they can even reveal the musical sense of high and low pitches, just like people with normal hearing

Some of the famous deaf musicians include jazz singer; Mandy Harvey, composer; William Boyce, singer; Johnnie Ray and songwriter and rapper; Sean Forbes

Take a look at this video in which deaf actor Russell Harvard performed Fireflies (by Owl City), https://www


com/watch?v=aeisVtArEUQ Coke Studio’s team took Deaf Reach School’s faculty and a group of eight students to Bangkok to try out an unusual technique which empowers people who are hearing impaired to sense music

It is a unique system with a sofa or couch in-built with sequences of vibrating engines and lights that are synced with reverberations of the music being played



com/watch?v=2QzAl4HIXY8 It is overwhelming to watch deaf people harmonising and enjoying Atif Aslam’s Tajdar-e-Haram and Quratulain Baloch’s Sammi Meri Waar

Their facial expressions clearly showed that they liked the concept and truly felt the high and low pitch

At the end of the video, the participants expressed their feelings, “Whatever my body felt… whatever my brain thought… even though we can’t hear the music, we can feel it,” “I had no idea that I would be experiencing something new here,” https://www


com/watch?v=a18py61_F_w https://www


com/watch?v=KHLNSxe5Y8A&list=RDKHLNSxe5Y8A The video, which has gone viral, has been appreciated for its unique and creative ideas by spectators as it promotes the concept of integrating special people into normal lives and highlighting their needs

It also changed common perceptions about a deaf person’s abilities and likeness towards music

It is an imperative and useful resource in dealing with a lot of matters related to the problems of deaf youngsters and their vision regarding listening to, and making music

It can be a way to give them an introduction to take part in all kinds of musical activities

It can benefit them by boosting their confidence level, help them learn about human feelings, and acquiring some beneficial skills

Music acts as an emotional purification; a way to join others, and their chosen ritual of art

It is a misconception that people with little or absolutely no hearing cannot take part in music

For this reason, Coke Studio for the Deaf works towards removing obstructions and giving back to the community

There are numerous musicians that are deaf, but have compiled incredible musical pieces and frankly speaking we never know who the next one might be

Date:06-Aug-2016 Reference:View Original Link