Nice to meet you. I am Yoko - founder of Sen Sound, a social enterprise to reimagine the sound environment in hospitals.
I am an ambient electronic musician, cohort 4 fellow at Halcyon Incubator, and Citizen Artist Fellow at Kennedy Center. People say my sound is soothing - like listening to a dream - and it took my work to many interesting places, like IDEO and TEDx.
5 years ago I got sick and had to spend many hours in hospitals. I was so terrified by what I heard - the cacophony of alarms, beeps, people screaming, doors getting slammed. Lying on the bed, I used to wonder - some people say hearing is the last sense to go when we pass away; what is the last sound I get to hear at the end of my life?
Sound is largely ignored in healthcare - even though the aesthetics of it could have a great impact on our sense of wellbeing - and a sense of dignity.
Eventually I got better, and the question remained. I decided to explore ways to help humanize our hospital experience by transform the sound environment - for it to be safer, more soothing, and dare I say, beautiful.
At Sen Sound, we don't design for you; we design with you. So let's talk about your experience, what you wish you could hear in the hospitals of future.