A student from the UK developed software that makes it easy for visually impaired people to create electronic music. After performing in a music festival in 2017, Chef Che was in a serious car accident that left him hospitalized with a split tongue, a broken nose and a chipped tooth. While recovering, he also suffered serious eye injuries and is now visually impaired, suffering from chronic pain and psychological issues related to the incident.
The difficulties he faces every day and his background in sound design have inspired him to create something that helps others in a similar situation. While details of its application have yet to be revealed, Leader’s software allows users to create electronic music with less reliance on sight than your average digital audio workstation.
In a quote obtained by the Newham Recorder, Leader explained how his struggles guided his campaign for accessibility of software.
I had to undergo a lot of operations on my eyes and am now visually impaired, but the good part is that it inspired me to focus on developing applications for new software and guiding my studies and aspirations. professionals in a different direction.
My musical project was 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.
Along with his technical contributions, Leader is a music producer, MC and DJ. He plays under the name Rivibes and has toured both locally and internationally. Those interested can follow his inspiring journey and check out some of his songs on his social media below.