[Students chattering]

Shane in a school hallway.

Shane: Go to class.

A student gives her a hug.

Shane: Good morning, Asia.

She greets two girls. Students in a band room.

Shane: Get your instruments, have a seat.

[Instruments warming up]

A student holds a tuba. Others play a flute and a clarinet.

Shane: Now, are you going to be able to play today or what?

A student hits a snare drum.

Shane: All right, guys. Ready to try it?

Shane stands on a podium.

Shane: Let’s try it. Clarinets, you’re up!

[Clarinets play quietly]

An iPhone is synced to “Shane Hearing Aids”. Shane adjusts her hair, revealing a hearing device. She changes the preset from Normal to Music.

[Volume increases]

Shane: Clarinets, ready?

[Clarinets play]

Shane turns up the “Hearing Device Mic Volume” on her iPhone.

[Volume increases]

She holds a conductor’s baton and sweeps her arms upwards.

Shane: Breathe.

[Music playing]

  • Titles: Crescendo featuring Shane Rakowski.
  • Shane conducts the band, moving her arms in broad, sweeping gestures. Trophies line a shelf behind her.

Shane narrating: I love seeing the ‘I got it’ face. When they understand and get something, you can actually see it in their faces. And that encourages me to do more.

[Music playing]

A girl plays a flute. Shane sweeps her arms downwards and makes two fists, midair.

Shane: Clean music joke. Howard, go!

Shane narrating: We tend to joke around in the classroom. I think that’s part of teaching. Let them see that you’re human.

Student: Take notes!

Shane: I said a joke, not two words. Sit down.

Student: No, it’s a joke!

The boy smiles and waves his hand. Shane plays a clarinet.

Shane: That was not the best, was it?

Shane narrating: For homework, the students record themselves playing.

A girl with a clarinet shuts a door.

[Clarinet playing]

She uses an iPad to record herself playing.

Shane narrating: I can stream the music from the iPad into my hearing aids and, actually, it sounds like they’re right next to me. So I can grade it right then and there.

Shane uses an iPad.

[Instruments playing]

She teaches students in the band room.

Shane narrating: Band is a family. Once you walk in these doors, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you’re accepted.

Shane: Crescendo!

[Instruments playing]

Titles: Designed for Shane R. Designed for everyone.

Shane: Half notes. Crescendo! And that’ll be a dramatic pause there. One.

[Instruments playing]

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Shane: One.

[Music playing]


Patrick sits at a home recording studio, speaking into a microphone.

Patrick: This is the station to rock you, shock you, move you and groove you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. My name is Patrick Lafayette. Don’t you ever forget. It’s ChrisMix Radio, Patrick with you.

[Reggae music playing]

  • Titles: Like a Volcano featuring Patrick Lafayette.
  • Patrick tunes a guitar.

Patrick sits at an open MacBook Pro.

Patrick narrating: To do something for yourself ...

VoiceOver: VoiceOver on Logic Pro X.

Patrick narrating: ... is one of the greatest things you could ever do.

VoiceOver: Record. Menu, 10 items. Count in. Submenu. Metronome setting. Checkmark. Allow quick punch in. Checkmark.

Patrick navigates a Logic recording session.

Patrick narrating: Now, I can express myself.

He rinses peeled prawns under a tap. He holds up an iPhone running the TapTapSee app.

VoiceOver: Camera. Picture two in progress.

Patrick: There you go.

VoiceOver: Picture one is citrus-printed plastic bottle.

Patrick narrating: It’s a big thing when you’re a father and you want to participate.

Patrick digs through his spice cabinet.

VoiceOver: Picture three is garlic powder.

[Patrick laughs]

VoiceOver: Picture three is person holding white onions.

Patrick’s family enters the kitchen.

Girl: Hi, Daddy.

Patrick: What’s up, baby?

The family serve themselves prawns and rice and sit down to eat together.

Patrick narrating: Not just make food, but make excellent food, where I see my wife take her shoes off and say, “Give me some more!” [Patrick laughs]

And my kids lick their chops. They say, “Daddy, that was great”.

[All laughing]

Patrick narrating: I have so much that I've always wanted to express. I’m like a volcano. I’m like Pelée or Mount Etna.

Patrick is back at his laptop, working in Logic Pro X.

VoiceOver: Arm the track for recording.

Patrick narrating: I’m about ready to erupt!

Wearing headphones, Patrick dances to a Logic session as titles appear.

[Patrick laughs]

Titles: Designed for Patrick L. Designed for everyone.

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Carlos narrating: At first, my motivation was proving people wrong.

Heavy metal CDs line Carlos’s bedroom wall.

VoiceOver: Accessibility. Vision. VoiceOver on.

Carlos, a long-haired man, uses an iPhone.

VoiceOver: Button. Scheduled arriving. Second location.

Carlos uses the Uber app on his iPhone to schedule a ride.

Carlos narrating: We don’t want our first album to sound like a local band.


He drums on a drum pad.

VoiceOver: ETA 10 minutes.

Carlos narrating: We wanted our first album to sound like a professional band that’s been doing it for years.

He unfolds a white cane and continues to use the Uber app on his iPhone.

VoiceOver: Requesting a ride and connecting to nearby drivers. Finding a ride.


Carlos narrating: We’re called Distartica, and we play heavy metal.

In a lounge room, Carlos plays the drums and rehearses with two long-haired guitarists.

[“In Flames We Rise” by Distartica]

  • Titles: In Flames We Rise featuring Carlos Vasquez.
  • Carlos is a passenger in a car.

Siri: Turn left onto Empanada Drive.

Man: [Laughs] Empanada.

Carlos: Empanada Drive?

Man: That makes me hungry.


Carlos: I ended up becoming the PR manager in the band.

Carlos uses his iPhone.

Carlos: I didn’t get what it was before, then I was like, oh, dude. Like, hashtag why? Like, what? Hashtag metal, hashtag new music or, you know, in this case, like, hashtag, like, debut album.

[“In Flames We Rise” by Distartica]

The band practises in a lounge room. The two guitarists headbang and Carlos plays the drums.

VoiceOver: Messages. ReverbNation.

He uses the ReverbNation app on his iPhone.

VoiceOver: Double-tap to open. Text field. Dictate.


Carlos: Album will be dropping worldwide on April 14th, comma, 2017, exclamation mark. Follow our ReverbNation page, period.


VoiceOver: Done. Successfully shared.

[“The Cybernetic Eye” by Distartica]

Carlos smiles, and the band resumes rehearsing. He drums intensely, his long hair falling forward. He leans into a microphone and sings. The two guitarists headbang in unison, their long hair flying.

Titles: Designed for Carlos V. Designed for everyone.

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