Welcome to Fenestra!

Supporting visually impaired musicians by providing them with the right tools for creative expression - electronic music instruments & opportunities to perform and release music!
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How can you participate?

Blind & visually impaired musicians

Apply to join the roster – access configured synthesizer systems, educational events and more.

Electronic music instrument manufacturers & resellers

Donate functional instruments & gear you do not need

Promoters, curators & labels

Help our roster to be heard

Everyone else willing to help

Donate with PayPal. Each donation helps.

Success stories

Darkside Aleksei Brjantsev

Being blind means that the more knobs a synth has, the better it is for me. When there are more knobs, there are fewer menus.

Trans-Millenia Consort Pauline Anna Strom

I felt that electronics expanded the ability to create from your imagination.

Mario Mario

Mario is the first visually impaired DJ and electronic live act from Riga, Latvia.

Latest news

Feb. 1, 2024

Mario & Karita Paul Live Improvisation @ saMAŅA Festival

Mario (LV) and contemporary dancer Karita Paul (EE) performing a live improvisation at the Sketching and Music Festival "SAMAņA" in August 2023, at the RSU Anatomy Museum in Riga, Latvia.

Jan. 31, 2024

Interview with Oğuz Büyükberber

As a multi disciplinary artist and a 95% blind individual, Oğuz Büyükberber aims to create safe space to explore personal trauma in an expressive way, while raising awareness to the wide spectrum of disabilities and their affect in people’s perception of reality, and therefore how much they influence communication.

Nov. 29, 2021

Kurzweil Accessibility Demo

Feel The Noise is a resource for accessibility information on electronic music instruments. In the second episode Tim Burgess takes a look at the Kurzweil K2000, K2500, K2600 or K2661 (and variants like the X and R models).

Nov. 29, 2021

Expert Sleepers FH2 Accessibility & Remote Control

Feel The Noise is a resource for accessibility information on electronic music instruments. In the first episode Tim Burgess takes a look at the Expert Sleepers FH2.

June 11, 2021

Remembering Revisiting by Darkside | Kicks & Hugs

5 new original tracks from Darkside for the Kicks & Hugs podcast series Terra Sonus

May 31, 2021

Fenestra on Refuge Worldwide Radio

FENESTRA on Refuge Worldwide promotes the understanding of issues related to accessibility in the electronic music scene for visually impaired and blind people.

Jan. 26, 2021

Monix - interview

In spite of the disability and hand in hand with the advancement of music technology Monix turned his story into a monument that continues to inspire anyone doubting their own abilities in music production.

Dec. 1, 2020

Feel the Noise

Read a statement from a blind musician & accessibility consultant Tim Burgess in advance of launching Feel The Noise - and educational resource for visually impaired musicians.

Oct. 1, 2020

Darkside performs live in ESG club night

Erica Synths Garage x Burn Energy night at club Serviss, in Riga, Latvia on 5th of September 2020.

Sept. 23, 2020

Pico System III workshop in Synthlab

Workshop with the Erica Synths' Pico System III in Riga, Latvia,

Sept. 23, 2020

Synthlab - the main hub of Fenestra

The main hub of the initiative is Synthlab in Riga, Latvia.

Sept. 22, 2020

The impact of developing a visual impairment for a music technology professional

Ian Waugh interviewed by Erica Synths' Eliza Aboltina on how developing a visual impairment has impacted his career as a music tech professional.

Sept. 22, 2020

Darkside interviewed by Telekom Electronic Beats

Aleksei Brjantsev aka Darkside interviewed by Telekom Electronic beats about his path in electronic music production

Sept. 22, 2020

Mario & Darkside performs live at Erica Synths Garage

Mario is the first visually impaired DJ from Riga, who in addition to passion of DJ-ing also plays trumpet and produces music preferring hardware synths and modulars.

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