Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

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

littlewing2.jpg

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
AT LAST

"[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

IMAGINE

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

Related

louiseabdalla.jpg

Debate: ​Is it ok to call out social media braggers?

pride and prejudice.jpg

25 spectacular and unique wedding dresses under £1000

ThinkstockPhotos-537500783.jpg

Five new game changing gradual tans you need to know about

Berry-Beet-Acai-Breakfast-Bowl-gourmandeinthekitchen.com_ (1).jpg

Delectable breakfasts you can make the night before

bag2.jpg

This Week's Style List

ThinkstockPhotos-99951179.jpg

Five knee-jerk break-up responses that do more harm than good

Comments

More

Ramadan: The best places to break your fast in London

These London restaurants provide late night openings and special iftar menus

26 May 2017

10-year-old survivor’s letter to Ariana Grande is beyond beautiful

“I really hope you’re not too scared”

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

It’s official: this easy email hack is guaranteed to boost read rates

Make your emails stand out in your recipient's inbox with one simple trick

by Jasmine Andersson
26 May 2017

Fathers pay more attention to daughters than sons, new study shows

Dads are also more "emotionally engaged" with girls

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

Men are totally devastated by this women-only Wonder Woman screening

Who knew they were such big fans of Diana Prince?

by Moya Crockett
26 May 2017

Dog breaks into studio to help reporter read the news

The internet is obsessed with this live news blooper (and for good reason)

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

“Get over yourself”: gymnast hits back at stranger who judged her arms

Alexandra Raisman responds to “rude and uncomfortable” incident

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

Fighting for their rights: the heroic teens battling period taboos

"I wasn’t allowed to comb my hair, look in the mirror, attend school, read and write."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
25 May 2017

Twitter responds to terror threat level the only way it knows how

#BritishThreatLevels showcases the self-deprecating humour we Brits seem to love

by Amy Swales
25 May 2017

Game of Thrones fans, the trailer for season 7 is finally here...

And, yes, we've analysed the entire thing for you...

by Jasmine Andersson
25 May 2017