SYNESTHESIA + GRAPHICS = MUSIC AS COLOUR

After researching 5D Branding for a current university project, I’ve become really interested in Synesthesia, a rare neurological condition that leads stimulation in one sensory pathway to trigger an experience in another. This could enable letters and numbers to be perceived as colours,or hearing sounds in response to visual motion. More than 60 types of synesthesia have been identified, with one of the most common being the cross-sensory experience of color and sound — “hearing” color or “seeing” music.

Israeli artist and jazz musician Michal Levy is a synesthetic: When she listens to music, she sees shapes and colors as different tones, pitches, frequencies, harmonies, and other elements of the melody unfold. Her intricate animated film, Giant Steps, captures this unique experience, visualizing the iconic John Coltrane masterpiece as Michal sees it in her mind’s synesthetic eye.

Her creative process looks incredible:

Truly great art inspiration.

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