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Synesthesia

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Hear music that was imagined in colors, by composers who have synesthesia, a rare neurological phenomenon where two or more of their senses cross wires and connect in an unusual way.

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Studio 360

Seeing Sound: Synesthetic Art

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pharrell, Kanye West, and Billy Joel have it. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige say they do too. In recent years synesthesia — a condition that causes the senses to blend together — has become a high-prestige neurological namedrop for creative people. First recognized by scientists ...

Slideshow: Synesthesic Art

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Studio 360

Spies on TV & Shakespeare in Haiti

Friday, February 28, 2014

This week in Studio 360, Kurt Andersen talks with a songwriter whose words are being sung by protesters in the deadly clashes in Venezuela — he gives a firsthand account of life trapped behind barricades. A playwright explains why he moved Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from Rome to colonial Haiti. ...

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New Sounds

Synesthesia

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hear music that was imagined in colors. The featured composers in this episode of New Sounds have synesthesia, a rare neurological phenomenon where two or more of their senses cross wires and connect in an unusual way. While some synesthetes relate numbers to textures or words to tastes, these musicians see colors when hearing music and vice versa. Hear Andy Akiho’s and Michael Torke’s musical interpretations of yellow, Aphex Twin’s blue, Robert Fripp’s red, and a darker crimson from Akiho again. Also included in the episode are works by non-synesthetes — electronica artist Sam KDC with his track titled “Synesthesia,” a jazz power trio named after synesthetic artist Wassily Kandinsky, and Keith Jarrett with his improvisational take on light/dark.

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Top 5 @ 105

An Eyeful of Sound: Top Five Multisensory Performances

Friday, January 17, 2014

Throughout human history, cultural thinkers have tried to find connections between the five senses. Now, some musicians are trying to intermingle sound, colors and scents.

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WQXR Blog

Our Emotions Match Colors to Music, Says Berkeley Study

Sunday, May 19, 2013

According to a study by the University of California, Berkeley, we are hardwired to associate anything from Ravel to Radiohead with a particular hue from the color spectrum.

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WQXR Blog

Watch: Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What does Bach "look like" to someone with synesthesia? Here's one pianist's hallucinogenic take on the condition, using a fugue by Bach.

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The Arts File

Synesthesia, Scriabin and Seeing Music

Friday, October 22, 2010

Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.

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Studio 360

Art and the Brain

Saturday, April 06, 2002

When you eat soup, does it taste pointy or round? When you listen to music, do you see colors? If so, then you might have synesthesia, a neurological condition where something stimulates one sense, but two senses respond. 

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