Blog Post 1 – Our First! – Silent Garden Lecture Series Part 1

Blog Post 1 – Our First! – Silent Garden Lecture Series Part 1

Silent Garden – Fresno State University – Feb 25, 2023 – Ethan Castro Lecture

 

Rain, snow and road closures kept some away for the annual Silent Garden Lecture series, but not me! 

 

California State University, Fresno graciously hosts this free lecture series every year, and this was a good one. Although weather did keep Ethan Emmett Castro, a hard of hearing music producer, songwriter, engineer and inventor, from attending the lecture in person, he was able to present virtually. His presentation was uber technical in nature but also fascinating! Sharing with the audience his newest invention that allows individuals to feel musical vibrations in order to fully experience the music. It’s so much more than standing next to a speaker and feeling the bass! 

 

He was able to clean up notes and tones so that every part of a musical instrument can be felt as a vibration. Being hard of hearing himself, Ethan created this technology originally so that he could feel if a beat or tone was off when composing and producing music. Talk about not letting a disability stop you from doing what you love! Ethan went on to share that he envisions this technology being useful not only for individuals with hearing loss, but also to those who just want a mulit-modal experience when listening to music. Ethan has shared his work with dancers, musicians,  movie producers, and even cochlear implant companies, all in the name of making sound accessible to all. 

 

Although Ethan wasn’t there in person, he was able to share his technology virtually and played a short snippet of a composed song that included visual representations as well as those vibrational elements. We weren’t able to put on gloves or sit in the chair, but just leaning against the wall I could feel every note! 

 

If you want to learn more about Ethan and what he does, here is a link to a YouTube interview with him. 

 

To learn more about The Silent Garden and their yearly lectures, visit https://chhs.fresnostate.edu/thesilentgarden/about/index.html