– I started painting music just because I would try to explain synesthesia so many times,
it never quite made
as much sense to describe it verbally,
so I thought it would be best just to put it
on canvas just because I’ve always been an artist，
and it made it much easier for people
to be able to understand it.
My name is Melissa McCracken,
and I am a synesthetic artist
Synesthesia is a neurological condition
where your brain is basically cross-wired,
so certain stimuli will come in
and it’ll create the wrong response in my brain.
So for me that’s listening to music
and it’s translated into color in my head.
I’m going to paintSuperstition by Stevie Wonder.
I love the song Superstition just
because it’s dynamic and funky and just fun and expressive.
Whenever I start a piece,
I have to listen to the song first to even know what kind
of colors I’d like to use.
There are some songs that I hate
that I like the way that they look a little bit.
Like a lot of pop musiccan be pink and purple and,
you know just allthese fun bright colors
but the song’s not that good.
So one or the other, Iappreciate it somehow.
You know you kind of have to really be
in the right vibe to be able to paint.
If you’re not in the right vibe,
you’re not gon na make anything good.
I think the prettiest genreof music is jazz music.
我喜欢它呈现出来的蓝色 金色 白色
I love blues and golds and whites,
and it just seems very pearlyand iridescent a little bit.
When I listen to Etta James’ At Last,
the thing that stuckout most to me was just her voice at the very beginning
when she goes into the”At last…”
♫ At last
And it’s just a very brightand but also warm sort of feeling
and very kind of classic jazzy,
which jazz music generally has a very gold
and blue sort of look to it.
Music has always been avery big part of my life.
My older brother is very musical
and when I think back of him playing the guitar for me,
I think of the colors of what those memories are.
I was always a little disappointed because I was never very musically inclined.
It was really cool tohave a way to bring music into,
you know, my life ina different sort of way.