Originally Posted by howag
Lol I tried humming at different pitches and tones to see what it felt like with my hand on my throat.My earphones were in and my Dad walked in and asked what the hell I was listening to.
I guess I just thought that if it was solely vibrations that they felt then would deaf people be pretty limited to bassy music?
As a singer, this caught my eye. Try this: allow your mouth to drop open. Say "ah". Maintain the "ah" as you move your head all the way back and all the way down. Observe where you feel various parts of your body resonate. With your head back, you should feel it in your chest. With your head down, you should feel it in your teeth and sinuses. This is why (hearing) people instictively put their heads down when they're trying to convey something in a lower voice, as the sinuses will resonate better that way, and it's the sinuses that provide vocal resonance at higher frequencies.
Now as for being on-topic: oh, yeah. In the 90's, I taught a course in electronic music at Gallaudet. My students loved it. They were fascinated by music. The music program offered many different instrumental studies and it was very popular.
Unfortunately, it was axed. I have no idea if anything similar was ever reestablished, but I would certainly and gladly serve as adjunct faculty if it were.
Regarding limited to "bassy" music, that's not necessarily a requirement, not on a technical level. All sound is vibration, and the human body is sensitive to sound in more ways than through the ears - we're just not normally trained to respond to it. Two famous examples come to mind: Evelyn Glennie and Frankie Wilde. Dame Glennie became deaf as a child and ended up graduating at the top of her class in music in London. Frankie Wilde lost his hearing from excessive headphone use at high gain but continued to create amazing mixes after going deaf and before disappearing. Both learned to feel sound at all kinds of frequencies, not just low. I would like to learn how to do this. I just have to set aside time for it, which is hard when there's a lot going on already. ;-)