Artist with Synesthesia Paints Classic Songs

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This Is Jaw-Dropping

Melissa McCracken was born with synesthesia – a neurological condition where one sense is automatically perceived as another sense. Basically, she processes songs as colors. The 26-year-old artist from Kansas City made use of this rare phenomenon to create some of the most visually stunning and breathtaking works of art you’ll ever see. It’s colorful and powerful.

She somehow found a way to bridge music and visual art. In an interview with Broadly, she shared:

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“Expressive music such as funk is a lot more colorful, with all the different instruments, melodies, and rhythms creating a highly saturated effect. Guitars are generally golden and angled, and piano is more marbled and jerky because of the chords. I rarely paint acoustic music because it’s often just one person playing guitar and singing, and I never paint country songs because they’re boring muted browns. The key and tone also has an impact, so I try and paint the overall feeling of the song.”

And the result is spectacular. It’s delightful to watch her artworks. Check out some of the classic rock songs she painted:

David Bowie – “Life on Mars”

 

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It’s David Bowie’s biiirrrtthhddayy…

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Pink Floyd – “Time”

Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Lenny”

 

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Who’da thought #StevieRayVaughan would be so colorful?

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Pink Floyd – “Breathe”

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