These Deaf Dancers Feel the Music through Vibrations in Jamie XX’s Sleep Sound Music Video

Every morning before I get out of bed I scroll through my newsfeed and see what all my favorite music sites are posting about that day. This morning was no different and one post in particular really stood out to me. An indie music news site called Pigeons and Planes shared artist Jamie XX’s (also from the band The XX) newest music video for his song “Sleep Song”. It isn’t just any other music video, it actually touched on something I think is extremely interesting which is how deaf people interpret music. I became really interested in this when I started going to Lollapalooza and I would see the one person on the very far edge of the stage signing the music. For this video Jamie decided to enlist the help of London artist/poet Sofia Mattioli to provide visuals for his song. She chose 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre to dance along with her and interpret the music through vibrations.

The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work. The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.

I really think this video is so beautiful. I always think that hearing is one sense I could never live without. Watching this video and seeing these people who can’t hear the song can so clearly feel it and look just as happy and entranced in the feeling of it as much as someone who could hear it would be, if not more makes me think it might not be so bad after all.

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