Dyslexic designer makes music more accessible for those who can’t read notes.
Yuri Suzuki is a London-based sound artist and designer with a lifelong passion for music, but a serious impediment when it comes to playing with the best of them. He is dyslexic and has yet to overcome the problem of reading sheet music, unless his latest creation proves successful, leveling the playing field for musicians everywhere.
His idea is called “Colour Chasers,” small train-like robots that literally chase colours drawn onto a black line, playing a different sound for each different colour or shape they meet. Each robot has two Arduino-powered sensors – one to follow black lines made by marker pens, and the other to detect different colours. There are five different robots in total, each of which reads colors differently, producing different sounds from a variety of different instruments.
The robotic composers were exhibited as a public audiovisual installation called “Looks Like Music” over the summer for MUDAM. Young and old alike got down on their hands and knees to trace thick lines and an assortment of shapes onto paper, resulting in an unorthodox piece of collaborative music.
Watch the following video to really see what this could mean for musicians everywhere: