This Artist With Synesthesia Sees Colors In Music And Paints Your Favorite Songs
David Bowie, “Life on Mars.”
Melissa McCracken grew up with a neurological condition that means she processes songs as colors—a gift that translates into paintings inspired by her favorite musicians.The 26-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri has a rare neurological phenomenon affecting approximately four percent of population that mixes up the brain’s response to certain stimuli as if it had been cross-wired. Synesthesia affects people differently, but McCracken’s form—known as chromesthesia—means she spontaneously and involuntarily sees colors when listening to music.
Prince, “Joy in Repetition.”
“Synesthesia doesn’t interfere with my sight in any way and it’s not hallucinogenic. It just floats there in a similar way to how you would imagine something or visualize a memory. I don’t need to close my eyes but it helps me visualize it better if I do,” Melissa told Broadly.
Radiohead, “All I Need.”
Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin.”
Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1.”
Radiohead, “Karma Police.”
Pink Floyd, “Time.”
Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago.”
John Lennon, “Julia.”
Jimi Hendrix, “Little Wing.”
Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Lenny.”