Meet The Portland Artist Creating Musical Experiences for the Hard of Hearing

A Portland-based artist is doing his part to make the aspects of music we enjoy accessible to everyone, in a variety of ways. Myles de Bastion, also known as Misled Bayonets, is a musician who also happens to be deaf. He’s embraced life’s challenges, and is spearheading the technology that enables sound to be experienced as light and vibration.

The founder of both CymaSpace and Audiolux Devices, Myles de Bastion is at the forefront of showcasing the ways in which the performing arts can be made more inclusive and engaging for the hard of hearing. Working in Cymatics, the science and study of sound made visible, the Northwest-native is developing and supporting technology that hopes to shine a new light on music.

Northwest dance music fans may have caught a glimpse of an early-version of one of CymaSpace’s most fascinating developments. Giving those at Oregon’s What The Festival a taste of what’s to come, they rolled-out a technology that utilizes an algorithm developed by Cymaspace to analyze audio in real-time. They hope to eventually have the algorithm map notes, chords, and other aspects of the music to lights.

“One of the most gratifying things about my work is when I see a deaf person and a hearing person, and they would never have tried to interact, and they actually have a meaningful communication, and learn something new about each other. And that’s really a very beautiful thing to see.” – Myles de Bastion – via Quartz

They’ve also shown the system’s capabilities on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2015, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), and more throughout their development. Let us know what you think of this fascinating technology, and how excited you are for what CymaSpace has in store for the future! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!