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Sleep Sound

Sofia Mattioli explores music and silence with the help of members of the Manchester Deaf Centre

Apr 21, 2014 | By Staff Writer

Music is a medium formed by silence and sound.

Here we explore how music can be created by only having silence and creating sound with the use of imagination.

In her video for The XX member Jamie XX’s Sleep Sound,  London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre ranging from 5 year olds to 27 year olds. Playing the artist’s music, they danced to the vibrations in the air and the movements of the people around them. Of the genesis of this idea, Mattioli says “I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me…After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.”  (via Nowness

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