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Artists with Synesthesia taste colors, smell sounds, paint music  RSS feed

 
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I had never heard of 'synesthesia' and just ran across two interesting examples this morning.  It makes me wonder how many artists might have this? 

Until the age of 15, McCracken thought that everyone lived in the same hue-rich, dynamic realm of color that she had known since birth. “Basically, my brain is cross-wired,” she explains regarding her synesthesia. “I experience the ‘wrong' sensation to certain stimuli. Each letter and number is colored and the days of the year circle around my body as if they had a set point in space. But the most wonderful ‘brain malfunction' of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.”



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Lucy Engelman and  Daniel Mullen collaboration

American artist and filmmaker Lucy Engelman has a far different experience of the world than most. Engelman has a phenomenon called Synesthesia, which crosses her perceptual pathways to allow her to taste colors, smell sounds, and even experience verbal data as a spectrum of vibrant colors. Engelman’s husband, Scottish painter Daniel Mullen, decided to translate her complex sensory world in a way that might be easier to understand for those of us who don’t see days and numbers as pockets of color.


 
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Those images look nice. Not sure about how I feel about the whole idea though of painting music etc, to each their own I guess.
 
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Marcel Doscher wrote:Those images look nice. Not sure about how I feel about the whole idea though of painting music etc, to each their own I guess.



Hi Marcel...welcome to permies

The point is that those with this condition actually see colors when hearing music and other sense variations/crossovers.

 
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I think synesthesia is a really cool phenomenon. I always thought numbers had personality--like 5 was an Elvis like person and 6 was a real jerk but 9 was really nice and mothering. I don't know if that's synesthia or not, but I do remember in high school art class, my teacher had us draw (with pastels) the music we were listening to. It was a really fun, relaxing activity.

Now I wish I had the freetime to do it again--if anyone does have nice, extra hours in their day, try drawing/painting your favorite music. Perhaps you'll find it freeing and fun and it'll get your creative juices. Maybe you'll even get a lovely piece of art work out of it, too! :D
 
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Yes! Fantasia, of course....haven't watched that in a long long time... thanks burra!

Fantasia: A Composer s Experience of Synesthesia

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Nicole I love the numbers thing...don't know if that's it but it might be?

I always thought numbers had personality--like 5 was an Elvis like person and 6 was a real jerk but 9 was really nice and mothering. I don't know if that's synesthia or not,



here's a little more.....I am fascinated and just a bit envious

12 famous artists with synesthesia

http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar01/synesthesia.aspx

 
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