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Hear This Landscape

by Jaimie Stevenson 

Tags: Media, radio documentary, visually impaired, BBC, New Statesman, Jaimie Stevenson,

An enchantingly quiet BBC World Service radio documentary equalizes seers and non-seers, as only audio can. Low vision and blind students at the Jyvskyl School in Finland make a soundscape out of their environment in order to navigate. Tones sound to indicate building entrances and exits, outdoor "echo boards" sound distinctly to the tap of a stick, and the surfaces of the hallways are decorated with textured (and noisy) murals. Hearing the Jyvskyl School for yourself relays a reality that neither video nor words offer.

Listen to the BBC World Service Radio Documentary, "The Sound of Snow and Ice."

(Thanks, New Statesman.)

Source: BBC World Service