We recently discovered these beautiful pieces of artwork online that, as a bunch of enthusiastic musicians, truly blew us away. Melissa McCracken is a talented artist with synesthesia; a condition “that happens when a sense, such as sight, triggers another sense, like smell, at the same time.” For Melissa, this involves vividly seeing bursts of colour stimulated from hearing music and sound. The condition is fairly rare, and in Melissa’s case it has produced some stunning results in her artwork. Her main body of work involves honing in on expressive songs as her inspiration and stimuli to create some thought-provoking paintings. In an interview with Broadly, she explains “I started painting memories from notable times in my life and thinking of the specific songs that related to them. People seemed interested in my synesthesia so it became my core subject.”

All art by Melissa McCracken.


David Bowie – Life on Mars.


Prince – Joy in Repetition.


Bach – Cello Suite No. 1.


John Lennon – Julia.


Radiohead – Karma Police.


Pink Floyd – Time.


Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago.


Steve Ray Vaughan – Lenny.


Jimmy Hendrix – Little Wing.


Radiohead – “All I Need”, shown in the title.


Source: Broadly


Want to see some more creativity inspired by synesthesia? Take a look at this mind boggling video depicting the condition with vision and sound, it’s pretty unusual!

Synesthesia from Terri Timely on Vimeo.