The Muse - Snap #916

On the next all-NEW Snap..."The Muse." Sometimes when you need to get those creative juices flowing, you need a little bit of inspiration. Featuring the heartfelt story of a man going slowly deaf.

Soundtrack of Silence


When a young man is told is he going deaf, he sets out on a challenge to memorize the songs that defined his life. He had no idea that those songs would come back to him in the most unexpected way. 

A version of this story aired on KQED's Q'ed up Podcast.

Producer: April Dembosky
Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
Sound Design: Leon Morimoto and April Dembosky


Sudden Savant


Although most musicians spend decades honing their craft, musical genius Derek Amato never had to practice a day in his life. One day, he just sat down at the piano and his fingers began to fly across the keys with ease. As an immediate musical genius, Derek is one of the few people on Earth diagnosed with Acquired Musical Savant Syndrome. Derek takes us into the inner workings of his amazing gift.

Producers: Anna Sussman and Pat Mesiti-Miller