It’s been over a month now since the concert, time to write a bit about how it went!
Overall the response has been quite positive. We had about 700 people turn up on the night (in two shows, one at 5:30 and one at 8:00, and one lecture at 7:00). We have had reviews in The Age (click here and here), and we even made the 7 o’clock news that night (click here)!
We have had quite a bit of feedback, some overwhelmingly positive, some bewildered, and some negative. Even the negative feedback is interesting though, as so far it has all been a question of taste, rather than of being able to “hear” the work. It has certainly got hearing impaired and normal-hearing people talking, which was one of the main aims of the project.
In the meantime, we have two large boxes of feedback forms to get though. These forms contain answers to a standard set of questions we asked about each piece, and will ultimately help us decide what kinds of musical sounds are well and not-so-well transmitted by the cochlear implant. A new audiology student has just embarked on the task of entering all the data and corralling it into shape, and we will then work with Kate Stevens at the University of Western Sydney and Emery Schubert at the University of NSW to analyse and interpret the data. We’ll try and keep you posted about how that data looks as we start to look at it.
Here are some pictures of the night (taken by Anne-Sophie Poirier):