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Woman who sees sound and hears colour depicts famous pop songs in stunning paintings


An artist with synesthesia has depicted how famous songs 'look' in a series of mind-blowing abstract paintings.

Melissa McCracken discovered she had the nuerological condition aged 15, when one day she asked her brother what colour the letter 'C' was.

"I realised my mind wasn't quite as normal as I had thought," the San Diego artist writes on her website.

She describes the condition as a "wonderful brain malfunction" meaning that she "experiences the 'wrong' sensation to certain stimuli."

As a music lover with the ability to see sound and hear colour, McCracken began painting how she sees her favourite songs - and the results are phenomenal.

Click on painting titles for a link to the song

Life on Mars?

"Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colours. Colours in books, colours in math formulas, colours at concerts." Melissa McCracken

Little Wing
Karma Police

"[Music] flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song." Melissa McCracken


As well as selling her paintings and taking commissions through her website, McCracken sells prints of her work on Etsy.



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