About the solution
The Tactile Stave Notation consists of a sheet music built using 3D printing, and helps the readers by slightly elevating the staff and notes printed on it, allowing both visually impaired musicians and sighted people to read the same musical score. This is an alternative to Braille musical notation, because one doesn’t have to know Braille to be able to read the sheet.
"When we rehearsed they talk about, 'Oh there's some hairpin here.' What's a hairpin? A hairpin on my head not score. I didn't know what that is. I don't have hairpin. And they explained it to me. It was shameful for me," she explained.
The pianist started to lose her sight when she was a little kid, and became blind when she was 13 years old. Two years later she got serious about playing the piano. Yeaji went to USA in 2007, having then enrolled at UW-Madison School of Music.
The woman built this system while working on her doctorate UW-Madison School of Music. Kim created different prototypes: One was made out of plastic, another using a 3D printing pen. The she started to research about how to put it on paper, and tried to raise money to produce it.
This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.
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