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Signing songs: what do concerts sound like when you can't hear the music? | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Signing songs: what do concerts sound like when you can't hear the music?

A fundraising gig in Melbourne is built around making music more accessible to deaf people – through Auslan, interpreters and lots of bass

A gig might not be the first idea that comes to mind when planning an Auslan event, but in last week’s Summer Break Auslan Party in Melbourne, raising money for Deaf Basketball Australia, the entire program was built around making music more accessible to deaf people.

There are a few elements at play. Interpreters are on stage for each act, translating and performing the lyrics; the speakers are cranked for those with hearing impairments, and there’s plenty of bass. There are story slams in between the acts, told in both Australian sign language (Auslan) and the spoken word, and large numbers of interpreters in the audience.

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