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This blind musician uses assistive technology to help develop her own unique sound

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This blind musician uses assistive technology to help develop her own unique sound

Watch | 23-year-old Rachel Flowers shows off her music production studio in Southern California.

A talent in the making

Rachel Flowers was born 15 weeks premature. She lost her eyesight when she was three months old due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). At age two, Rachel began learning "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the piano. At four, she was enrolled in the Southern California Conservatory of Music.


As you can imagine, Rachel lives for music. She has perfect pitch and says she actually hears melodies and chords in her head when she tastes food. Even a slight breeze against her face resonates musically with her.

Classical, jazz, rock -- Rachel plays them all. She's performed at various festivals and with some major artists. And this past year, she released her debut album titled "Listen." It showcases a style that's unique, and that's probably the best way to describe Rachel Flowers.


The production process

Rachel produces her music using a digital audio workstation called SONAR. She's able to do this by using CakeWalk, a specially designed script for the program. These scripts help Rachel utilize text-to-speech technology that make most of the program's features accessible.

But making music is still a challenge. Rachel says the most frustrating part is that a lot of the orchestral sounds are not accessible to her. She relies on sighted people to use virtual instruments.

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Check her out!

Rachel's music can be found on her SoundCloud where she posts recordings of her covers as well as original compositions. 

Hearing is Believing Theatrical Trailer 2;18

Rachel Flowers is the subject of a feature-length documentary called "Hearing is Believing." The film is expected to be released in the spring of 2017.

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