Into Beethoven's Sound Box

Sound & Vision

  • United States
  • 2020
  • 7min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • Experiment
  • Classic
  • 12
  • WP


Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament” was my catalyst with my piano after lapsing nearly twenty years. Already with profound hearing loss of 20% residual hearing from birth, one of my ears went deaf in my twenties. 15 years later, I received a cochlear implant. It would not mean perfect, even natural, hearing; nevertheless, it inspired me to resume my piano studies again. I looked to Beethoven, thinking how we deaf people access sound multi-sensorially—through sight, touch, vibration, patterns. 


Olivia TING

Olivia TING’s fascination with moving and still images stems from her hearing disability; she is deaf in one ear with 20% hearing in the other. Without hearing aids, she hears nearly nothing; visual cues stand in for audio that she doesn’t hear. Audiovisual video-making is a way for her to understand sounds, how fragments of her world fit together. 

  • CastOlivia Ting
  • ScreenwriterOlivia Ting
  • CinematographerOlivia Ting
  • EditorOlivia Ting
  • MusicOlivia Ting
  • SoundDelia Casadei, Olivia Ting


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