Seminar III was fantastic. By far the most productive Seminar so far, and this thanks to the great work done by the 4 composers participating. Each composer built his/her own music experiment. The CI users were divided into 4 groups depending on two questions:
• A) Were you musically active before you hearing loss started? (Minimum of 2 years: Instrument, Chore, active Singing, other music groups …)
• b) Are you still musically active after your CI implantation? (regular Music exercises, playing instruments, other music training etc.)
– Group 1: a) Yes b) Yes
– Group 2: a) Yes b) No
– Group 3: a) No b) Yes
– Group 4: a) No b) No
Each group filled a questionnaire and underwent four activities sequentially. The results of the questionnaire are summarized in Table 1. Each activity was programmed by each composer. Jiuen Jun prepared some exercises with her violin, Arsalaan prepared some auditions using his recorded textures. Jacob Sello presented his new great sesor interface and Clemens Damerau configured his keyboard to generate many different instruments. Each group of CI users actively interacted with the muscians. It was simply great!
Seminar II was a great event. We started with a bit of delay, but we were able to cover all the topics programmed in advance. Seminar II was divided into three parts. Part I presented the technical details of cochlear implants. Part II was a great part, we connected to JP who wears a CI and hears perfectly on the other side, and she is a musician! The third part was also very interesting, we performed an audition of pieces from previous concerts (Barcelona, Melbourne and Southampton).