This Synesthetic Artist Paints What Music Looks Like [VIDEO]

Melissa McCracken, who has synesthesia, experiences sound as color.

Apr 20, 2016

Listening to Melissa McCracken talk about music is mind-boggling. “I think the prettiest genre of music is jazz music,” she explains. “I love blues and golds and whites and it seems really pearly and iridescent a little.”

Melissa describes music in terms of color. This is because she has synesthesia, a condition in which one sense (in this case, sound) is simultaneously perceived as if by an additional sense (in this case, sight). “Music translates to color in my head,” she explains.

Melissa has always been an artist, so when she was having difficulty explaining her synesthesia verbally, she decided to put it on canvas instead. What came next was a stunning collection of paintings, each associated with a different song.

Just wait till you see (hear?) this!

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