Watch Deaf Dancers Move to Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound” in His Beautiful New Music Video


There are a lot of bad music videos out there. Jamie xx’s video for “Sleep Sound” doesn’t fall into that category. London artist/poet Sofia Mattioli was tasked to create a set of visuals for The xx member’s new song, and she found her inspiration in an unexpected way:

I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.

The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work. The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.

Mattioli enlisted 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre, and together, they danced to “Sleep Sound.” The deaf dancers “responded to the movement [Mattioli] and the vibrations in the air given off by the song.” The result is something completely striking and moving, seeing the dancers experience music in such a pure and unrestrained way.

Jamie xx’s “Girl / Sleep Sound” will be released on May 5.



  • Meredith

    Thank you for this… my son is four and he’s deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. He has an absolute love of music and loves dancing. He was born with balance issues and he could actually dance before he could stand still. This amazing video reminds me of the beautiful world he lives in and allows me to be a part of. <3

  • Constant Gardner

    Thanks so much for sharing that’s really inspiring!

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