Audio visual wizard Robin Fox has been nominated for the prestigious Future Everything Award for his ongoing research into musical works tailored specifically for cochlear implants.
Throughout the years, leaps and bounds have been made in improving the clarity of inner ear implants, but the adequate conveying of music has to date eluded engineers, with the the perception of musical qualities like pitch and timbre and proving problematic. Addressing how alienating this must be given the strong social aspect involved in enjoying music, Fox has been engaged in research which works with the affordances of the implant rather than try to shoehorn compositions into existing technical capacities.
This involves the creation of music with parameters radically outside the accepted modes and models established over centuries in the Western Classical tradition. The result is new music in the absolute sense that it will be music that would perhaps never have been composed were it not for these unique parametric constraints.
Fox’s work to date is an excellent instance of design intelligence which augments accessibility and opens up new creative potentials.
FutureEverything 2011 takes place from 11th May to 14th May.