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Your turn: help blind musicians have music to read

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:34

Did you know that blind musicians are just as capable as sighted musicians? Of course you did! Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles made sure of that. But they didn't have to read music to achieve their success. Blind musians who need to read notes, to play Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart, need scores in braille format. Guess what? These scores don't exist in adequate numbers. Blind musicians give up on their ambitions to study, not because they can't play, but because the world hasn't provided them the scores they need to read. I consider this an outrage and a tragedy, and I propose we fix it

We can fix it by developing a technical solution that translates digital scores in standard formats into braille. Then blind musicans can read the music on devices that display braille. It's not science fiction, as you can see in the video with Eunah Choi, a blind teacher from Korea who made me aware of this problem. But nothing is going to happen without some financial resource, which is why I want you, right now, to go and support our Kickstarter campaign by ordering a CD of the Well-Tempered Clavier, or a copy of the original artwork that we're commissioning (which will also be embossed in braille), or by dedicating one of Bach's glorious Preludes or Fugues to someone you love.

That's right, I'm leaning on you to take action. In order to achieve great things, like enabling blind people to read music, you need your friends to jump in and help. Do that now, please!

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