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CHROMESTHESIA: FEELING MUSIC IN COLOURS

CHROMESTHESIA: FEELING MUSIC IN COLOURS

“A couple of weeks ago, Dev Hynes – the musical virtuoso behind Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange – described his own synesthetic experiences at a New York University lecture. In it, he juxtaposed 30 minutes of his composed score for the film Palo Alto against a dark room that splintered lucid colour spirals and radiant hues across its walls. He played narrator; portraying how all these colours made him feel and more importantly, what they made him see. What he was portraying was chromesthesia – the sound to colour synesthesia, which is a type of synesthesia in which heard sounds automatically and involuntarily evoke an experience of colour.”

“As technologies improve and musical talent burrows itself even further into the internet wormhole, maybe it’ll take something revolutionary to take the form to higher ground. Could a troop of chromesthetes be the ones at the helm of it all?”

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