Dear Drupal community, you have all seen the transformative power of open source software to change lives and bring greater good to the world. I need your help applying open source to a special problem, one not directly related to Drupal, but still very important. I want to use open source software to make written music accessible to blind people.
Reading a musical score is the primary way that musicians learn to play classical music, and other genres that require notated music. The act of reading music can't be skipped in cases like Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, etc. Tragically, only less than 1% of this music is available as braille for blind musicians. This effectively blocks most blind musicians from serious classical music study.
Fortunately, this is a problem that can be solved with open source software. +MuseScore
is an open source music editor that can generate MusicXML - a standard format for representing music. My project has a stretch goal of creating a web service to easily and automatically translate MusicXML into braille files that can be read on braille readers (like a Kindle for the blind). This would add 50,000 new scores to the braille repertoire, and make a natural and automatic workflow for creating more. this solves the problem at a fundamental level
Unfortunately, the project is short of its goal, and there are less than 12 hours left before funding closes. That is why I'm reaching out to the community that has supported me the most - the Drupal community - to ask you to help me make this project a success. Help us spread the word for the next 11 hours. Consider our awesome backer rewards and see whether you can find some resources to back us. We can make a difference for blind musicians, with your support.
PS Check out my talk and Kimiko Ishizaka's performance at DrupalCon Prague last month! Live from DrupalCon Prague: Bach to the Future