Andrew Lewis - 2012

Duration: 17'

Lexicon is based on a poem written by a 12-year old boy, Tom, in which he tries to articulate his personal experience of dyslexia. The work explores not only the challenges, but also the life-affirming creative potential that dyslexia, and a fuller understanding of it, can bring.

The composer worked with experts from the Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University, enabling the piece to draw inspiration from recent research in the field, particularly the growing evidence that a deficit in phonological processing (accessing and analysing speech sounds) is often more significant than that in visual or attentional processing on their own. This contradicts the popular notion that dyslexia is primarily about difficulties in seeing letters and words on the page. Accordingly, Lexicon is a work conceived primarily with sound as its raw material, with the visual aspect conveying a metaphorical rather than scientific view of the experience of dyslexia.

Lexicon is supported by the Wellcome Trust's 'Engaging Science' programme. It was composed in the Electroacoustic Music Studios at Bangor University, with additional material developed at CMMAS, Mexico and the composer's studio

Sound and video: Andrew Lewis
Science Team: Dr Mark├ęta Caravolas (Director, Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University), Meg Browning, Ann Cooke
Text: Tom Barbor-Might
Readers: Tom Barbor-Might, Martha Lewis, James Bowers, Jenny Mainwaring, Michael O'Boyle, Damien Vadgama, Esme Lewis