Stemming from a very personal situation he faced, a college student from the UK, Ché Leader has now developed a software application that allows the visually impaired to create electronic music with ease.
Leader who is originally from Newham, East London, was in a serious car accident in 2017 after performing at a music festival which left him in a critical condition with a split tongue, broken nose, and chipped tooth. During the accident, he also suffered severe eye injuries which have now left him visually impaired, experiencing chronic pain and psychological problems from the incident.
With a background in sound design and alongside his contributions, Leader is a music producer, MC, and DJ as well. He decided to take his own difficulties head-on and decided to develop an electronic music application that was less reliant on eyesight than other similar digital audio software out there.
3 years ago I lost most of my sight in one eye from a car crash. This year I've just graduated with a 1st class degree and have developed an experience that allows blind or visually impaired people to perform music…
That's what I call growth 🚀🚀🚀 https://t.co/SXU3EsxgKK
— Rivibes (@Rivibes_) September 25, 2020
As reported, using accessible technology that he had worked on throughout his final year of university, Leader, created an experience that allowed people with visual impairment to have control over electronic music whilst giving them the perception that they could almost feel the sound.
In a quote obtained by the Newham Recorder, Leader explained how his struggles guided his push for software accessibility.
“I have had to go through a lot of operations on my eye and am now visually impaired, but the silver lining is that it inspired me to focus on developing applications for new software and take my studies and career aspirations in a different direction. My music project has been heavily inspired by my own visual impairment, as it made me realize how easy it can be to adapt everyday hobbies and practices to make them accessible.”
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