News flash: the inability to consume music in the “traditional” manner does not mean that the deaf don’t find alternate ways to listen and love music. A recent ABC Australia report explores Amber Galloway Gallego’s very specific line of work as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter of music in real time for deaf fans at concerts and performances. “I don’t think bands would know that they have deaf fans. I guess they don’t have an understanding of deafness,” she mentions in the piece. Here’s to hoping for greater understanding going forward.
Check out Galloway interpreting hip-hop on the fly below. You can also check out deaf artist Christine Sun Kim’s sound projects here.