Invisible Music: Hearing Loss Series #1


On Wednesday 15 July at 8pm, acclaimed performance company Platform4 present Invisible Musica captivating immersive and intimate meditation on hearing loss, drawn from personal experiences.

Ahead of this event, we present a series of blogs around the subject of hearing loss, including the innovative and ground-breaking research being undertaken by our colleagues at University of Southampton. First up, we revisit Enjoying Music With A Cochlear Implant.

In 2010, an interdisciplinary team, including scientists, audiologists, musicians, and a composer and music therapist from the University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Auditory Implant Service and Music department, joined forces to create Compositions for Cochlear Implantees, an initiative to help cochlear implants (CI) users to appreciate music again.

While CI can help those with severe to profound hearing loss perceive speech, many CI users are unable to enjoy music through their implant. During a series of workshops, the team gained a better understanding of the music styles and structures that can be appreciated by people with a CI. The workshops informed the composition of seven original musical works by University of Southampton Head of Music Dr Benjamin Oliver for CI users, which were performed by an ensemble of professional and outstanding student musicians at a special concert held at Turner Sims.


Find out more about this fascinating project here

Watch the concert recordings from Turner Sims



Join us on Wednesday 15 July at 8pm to experience Platform4’s Invisible Music, when participants can journey across the mesmerising soundscape and experience life behind the impairment – helping to raise awareness for the 12 million individuals in the UK with hearing difficulties.


Invisible Music Promo for July 2020 from Platform 4 on Vimeo.

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