“Heavenly Vibration” of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

"Heavenly Vibration" of Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Nearly 50 years ago, the Beach Boys sang about good vibrations giving them “excitations.”

Good or bad, vibrations come in lots of forms – with or without excitation.

For Westpak, vibrations come in the form of truck, rail and air simulation for the purpose of increasing package and product performance. To recreate complicated events, we need to use state of the art vibration controllers and accelerometers for vibration control and recording.

For Helen Keller, author, lecturer and crusader for the handicapped, “listening” to the radio was a different, yet rewarding, experience.  In March 1924, the blind and deaf Keller experienced the New York Symphony’s rendition of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by touching her hand to a speaker.

Her amazement was captured in a beautifully written letter to the orchestra. In it she explained, “I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roil of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison.”

That kind of sensitivity and focus is rare. But, coupled with the ability to discern the different instruments flowing within a piece of music is truly astonishing.

Her letter was originally posted on an American Foundation for the Blind Facebook post. The letter went viral after it was read on the air on March 29 by NPR’s Scott Simon. For more information on the AFB and to honor Helen Keller’s work, make a donation here.