Brendon Bussy

A New Adventure – Hearing with Touch

Posted in Sound, Theatre, Workshops by Brendon Bussy on June 30, 2012

The ‘new adventure’ in this blog title refers to the excitement I felt and encountered during a sound workshop I recently ran for deaf theater makers.

Sometime back, somewhat inspired by the deaf musician Evelyn Glennie,  I approached Jayne Batzofin from the theater group FTH:K with the idea of creating a soundtrack for a deaf audience. In the process of discussion she invited me to run a workshop for the group’s deaf trainees.

Well the workshop ran well. Very well. One of those really amazing paradigm shifting moments in life where you realise that things are not as you thought they were!

The workshop in pictures:

We each take a turn having our heads buzzed whilst wearing the hard hat – trust me it feels great!

Playing circular saw blades which have very long and powerful sustain – you can feel the vibration from several centimeters away

Marlon & Christo listen using chopsticks

A tin oscillates on the blade whilst Sinethemba listens

Christo listens with his toes (try it – it feels great!)

During the break, Sinethemba plays a marble filled container on the floor

In the second half we switch over to electronics. A variety of miked up instruments running through Audiomulch software and into a loud sub woofer – earplugs for me!. Thanks Niklas Zimmer for use of the sub!)

Marlon plays percussion on a miked up cardboard tube whilst Sinethemba rocks out on my DIY Segankuru (a Zulu bowed instrument).

Christo plays a bass synth whilst wearing Ear Shells.

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  1. illka said, on June 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Brendon! Looks like amazing fun was had by all!

  2. brendon said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    yes ilka, was a really inspiring workshop!

  3. jade said, on August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    This looks great Brendon, such lovely pics! Made me smile looking at them – very obvious enjoyment! Would be nice to get a picture of whole group as well 🙂

  4. […] “During the break, Sinethemba plays a marble filled container on the floor”, Sound workshop given by Brendon Bussy for the FTHK theatre company who work with Deaf performers, +/-2012 (image […]


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