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Synesthesia – Art that Simulates the Feeling

December 15th, 2006 · No Comments

I have often wondered what life would be like as a Synesthetic

Synesthesia (also spelled syn├Žsthesia or synaesthesia, plural synesthesiae) is a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are coupled


Wouldn’t it be fun if you could see different digits (numerals) in different colors, or if you could “see” sounds and “smell” colors. I guess I will never know what it feels like, but I really, truly wish I were synesthetic.

This article from seed, The most beautiful painting you’ve ever heard explores the world of synesthetics – a very interesting article. In it, there is a link to a youtube video of music composed by Ravel. The way it turned out, a synesthetic found out that the photos she was leafing through and the music that was playing (Ravel) were suggestive of one another:

“All of a sudden an adagio came on,” she recalled, “and the music looked exactly as the pictures sounded. I was having it in both directions at the same time. So I thought, I wonder if I could do this on purpose.”

The result is the video. Probably this is as close as I am ever gonna get to feeling what a synesthetic does. Enjoy!