Henry Johnstone, Sydney - Australia - on 16/8/12
Can you imagine not being able to enjoy the pleasure of music? For 23 year-old filmaker Austin Chapman, who was born profoundly deaf, music has always 'sounded like trash' through his regular hearing aids and he has never been able to understand the joy of music.
"I tried listening to music and I could never truly enjoy any songs. I could only hear bass and midtones," he explains.
However two weeks ago everything changed when Chapman tried a new pair of hearing aids for the first time.
"I sat in the doctor's office frozen as a cacophony of sounds attacked me. The whir of the computer, the hum of the AC, the clacking of the keyboard, and when my best friend walked in I couldn't believe that he had a slight rasp to his voice."
So what did Chapman do with his new found hearing? Get stuck right into the joy that he had been deprived of for so long...music! And not just any music, house music of course.
"I went to see the Penguin Prison perform a DJ set with Moon Boots and Perseus at the Dim Mak warehouse a few nights ago," Chapman explains. "The place is owned by Steve Aoki so the sound system probably cost north of $70,000. The bass was so heavy I felt it vibrating in my nose and lungs. It was such a rapturous experience, I literally could not stop myself from dancing and thumping to the beat. I will be going to as many live shows I can in the next couple years."
Welcome to house music, Austin. Enjoy!
You can read an interview with Austin here.
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