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Playback gig awakens the senses for World Sight Day

A multi-sensory, immersive experience created by upper sixth Music Technology students was enjoyed by the College community last Tuesday.

Called Playback, the gig with a difference was held to raise awareness of Vision Aid Overseas and tied in with World Sight Day on Thursday 12th October.

The audience wore blindfolds for part of the experience which brought together sound, vision and the use of technology and electronics in a live performance.

A Level student Tazz West, formerly of Hall Mead School, attended the gig. She said: “It was really amazing – it was not what I expected. It was so different to anything I have experienced before. With the blindfold on, your focus was really on what was happening in the room - there were no distractions - and the music made you think and feel things mentally and physically.”

She added: “You had to use all your senses to really focus on the whole experience. It was very unusual but enjoyable.”

The Music Technology students who performed in the gig held a collection at the end for World Sight Day, which is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Tutor Chris Donnelly said the audience were paired up with one of the pair wearing the blindfold for section one of the experience. In section two, the blindfold was swapped to their partner and then in section three, nobody was blindfolded with everyone able to experience the live visual soundscape accompanied by electronics.

The next music gig is on Thursday 9th November in the evening.