Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Musical Genius - Derek Paravicini

Derek Paravicini (born July 26, 1979) is a blind English autistic savant and a musical prodigy. He lives in Surrey, England.

Though autism is thought to be the source of Derek’s extraordinary musical ability, his blindness may contribute. Because Derek is blind, the part of his brain that would normally be used for sight and light detection could be used for extra auditory ability. Derek is able to, with a great deal of precision and accuracy, detect and recognise not just one but multiple notes played at once (so far he can distinguish over 20 notes).

Learn more about him here, and five parts of a documentary about him follow.

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