Fenestra aims to unite electronic music instrument manufacturers to highlight the issues faced by the visually impaired and blind in terms of using and enjoying synthesizers.
Fenestra was created by non-governmental organization Artes Liberales and established in Riga, Latvia in 2017. The main focus of activity is the Synthlab created by studio equipment store T Studio and will manage donations of instruments, assemble systems and host workshops. Many manufacturers are already on board including local company Erica Synths but also those from further afield such as Endorphin.es and Expert Sleepers turning this into a global endeavour.
Erica Synths recently ran the first Fenestra workshop for visually impaired musicians to learn the possibilities of the Pico System III. The workshop was led by Mario, who despite his visual impairment, has been mastering the art of modular synthesis for several years — in addition to playing trumpet and being a DJ.
Check out this video from the event:
Visual Impairment Statistics
- Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment.
- Blind children are 4,000 times more likely to have perfect pitch.
- 48% of blind children demonstrate significant interest in everyday sounds compared to 13% of those with full sight.
- More than two-thirds of the blind and partially sighted children played at least one instrument, compared with 41% of the sighted group.
How to participate
The Fenestra website gives you a few ways you can get involved. You can become a partner by donating functional instruments and gear you don’t need. You can support artists on their roster and you can donate via Paypal.
If you are a visually impaired or blind musician then you can apply to join the roster, access configured synthesizer systems, educational events and more.
- Fenestra website.