Interpreting visual art with sound for a more inclusive experience – Audio Description

Interpreting visual art with sound for a more inclusive experience – Audio Description


[MUSIC] I’m Keith Salmon. I’m a landscape painter. The paintings I do are based
on Scottish mountains, so they’re 100% landscape. I found out in 1990 that my sight
was deteriorating, and its gone downhill very quickly, so that I’m
now officially registered blind. I just realized I had to adapt and
find new ways of working. I’d start to add sound whenever
we went walking in the mountains, the recorder went with us and
we would stop and I would record. And that was the starting
process which has led onto the Oregon project.>>I think you all know me. I’m Neel Joshi and I’m a researcher
at Microsoft research. The Oregon project is an interactive,
audio visual experience. We posed the question
“How does one enjoy and consume visual artwork if they
have a visual impairment?”>>We decided to do this fabulous
part of northeast Oregon. The canyon lands just stood out for
me. These locations were not only
visually very different, but also audibly very different. [MUSIC]>>We wanted to mimic the visual
experience and sounds so people could have an experience
with sound that was also personal.>>You move backwards just a little bit.>>Oh Wow!
[LAUGH] There’s four connects, fifteen speakers, and
three drawings in front of you. As you move through the room,
your position is tracked, and you hear a sound recording that’s
specific to your location in front of the artwork. [MUSIC]>>I’d like to think
that in the future, we will be able to sort of
have something like this, something that gives a sort of
just broader audio experience. Which would help both visually
impaired people but also fully sighted people,
so yeah it’s very, very exciting. Up to a year ago, I really thought
that I might sort of have to stop working as a professional artist. And now with this technology,
doing this project, I’m very, very confident that, yeah,
even if my sight deteriorates, I will still be working
as a professional artist. [MUSIC]

5 thoughts on “Interpreting visual art with sound for a more inclusive experience – Audio Description

  1. This is amazing.  I have started a business with a friend of mied www.adtrainingretreats.com  and part of our curriculum is audio description of art.  Very cool project!

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