Artist With Synesthesia Creates Beautiful Paintings Of Music

What would it be like to visualize music? What colors do you associate with a guitar? With an embellishment of notes? With someone’s voice? These questions might sound strange to you and you’d think, “I listen to music, I don’t see music,” but someone with synesthesia can clearly answer, “golden-brown, icy blue, and pink.”

Only 4% of the population has the neurological phenomenon called synesthesia where two or more of your senses are coupled. Various words and numbers can be associated with different tastes, colors, feels and sounds. Synesthesia is a trait the people have (like having brown hair or green eyes) rather than a disorder, because there is nothing wrong with the brain; it is simply cross-wired. In fact, synesthetes have remarkable memories because names, numbers and words are associated with colors and tastes that are more memorable to them.

Meet Melissa McCracken. As a synesthete, she associates colors with all words, numbers and letters. But there is something definitely more interesting about what else she visualizes.

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Melissa sees music and paints what she hears. She says this is the most wonderful “brain malfunction” to experience because she has the ability to see beautiful colors when listening to music. Each song “flows in a mixture of hues, textures and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.” Click the NEXT button below to see Melissa’s art.