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What does it feel like to ‘see’ music? Dive into the synesthetic world of artist Melissa McCracken

Synaesthesia – “The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.”

Artist Melissa McCracken grew up with synaesthesia, a neurological condition that affects roughly 1 in 100 people in Australia which causes the brain to confuse certain sensory stimuli and process them differently.

The condition affects people in various ways. Some people see what they smell, or hear shapes. For McCracken, her favourite songs are interpreted as colours, a gift that she compliments with her exceptional talents as an abstract painter.

Melissa McCracken
Radiohead, “Karma Police.”

What does it feel like to ‘see’ music? Dive into the synesthetic world of artist Melissa McCracken, an artist who paints what she hears.

Below is a selection of her beautiful works that depict tunes from artists like Bowie, Prince and Radiohead as cracks, sparks and and explosions of colour and shape.

Melissa McCracken
John Lennon, “Julia.”
Melissa McCracken
Prince, “Joy in Repetition.”
Melissa McCracken
Jimi Hendrix, “Little Wing.”
Melissa McCracken
Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin.”
Melissa McCracken
Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Lenny.”
Melissa McCracken
Pink Floyd, “Time.”
Melissa McCracken
Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1.”
Melissa McCracken
David Bowie, “Life on Mars.”
Melissa McCracken
Radiohead, “All I Need.”

[Read this excellent interview with McCracken via Broadly]