Austin Chapman was born “profoundly deaf” and says he never understood why people were so moved by music. But that changed two weeks ago, when he tried a new modern hearing device for the first time.
On the filmmaker’s blog, he wrote:
That night, a group of close friends jump-started my musical education by playing Mozart, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Elvis, and several other popular legends of music.
Being able to hear the music for the first time ever was unreal.
I realized that my old hearing aids were giving me a distorted version of music. they were not capable of distributing higher frequencies with clarity, instead it was just garbled gibberish.
Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn’t a dry eye in the car.
He then asked people on Reddit what music they would recommend and got 14 thousand comments. After reading the most popular comment, he decided to listen to early music first and move forward through time (or century) and thereby get an understanding of music’s evolution.