Thursday, March 30, 2023

Technology and Beethoven

There are so many things I could write about today, but you can read about these things in many other places. 

Instead, let's talk about Beethoven and his hearing loss. 

Beethoven started losing his hearing in his late twenties. By his mid-forties, he was functionally deaf.
Can you imagine being a great composer and losing your ability to hear, and along with it, your ability to compose? 

Nothing could be done. Back then, anyway. 

Today, though, something could be done. Theoretically, anyway. Beethoven could have used a technological form of synesthesia to translate his existing works into color patterns. So watching his existing piano works played back, for example, he would see complex combinations of colors. 

Over time, he could learn to compose by playing on keyboards and watching the color patterns interact. 

Easy? Hell, no. Possible? Yes, seemingly. 

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