This Amazing Artist With Synesthesia Can See Music


For artist Melissa McCracken, music is not just an audio experience, but a visual one. As a synesthete, McCracken can experience music not just as a series of sounds but also sees it as vibrant, beautiful colors and flowing textures. “Synesthesia, although not disorientating, can sometimes leave me at odds trying to describe what i can see to others.” the Missouri-based artist says.

According to McCracken, the exploding colors and textures she sees when listening to music exists in her mind’s eye and does not interfere with her actual vision. The colors are also muted when watching movies due to it already providing a visual simulation.

McCracken shares her unique gift with the world by painting what she sees whenever she listens to certain songs so that others can understand the wonderful world she lives in. Check out some of her technicolor artworks below!

1. Airhead — Callow

Airhead — Callow

2. Bon Iver & James Blake – Fall Creek Boys Choir

Bon Iver & James Blake - Fall Creek Boys Choir

3. Flip


4. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Free Fallin'

5. Lover, You Should Have Come Over – Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should Have Come Over.


6. Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing

7. Imagine – John Lennon

John Lennon's Imagine.


8. John Mayer – Gravity

John Mayer - Gravity

9. Johnny Mathis – Misty

Johnny Mathis - Misty


10. Karma Police – Radiohead

Karma Police - Radiohead.


11. Life On Mars – David Bowie

Life On Mars - David Bowie

12. Living in a Lisa Frank world.

Living in a Lisa Frank world.

13. All The Love In The World – Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails All The Love In The World

14. Nude – Radiohead


15. Joy Of Repitition – Prince

Prince - Jpy Of Repitition

16. Lucky – Radiohead

Radiohead - Lucky

17. Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin

Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin

18. Soulive — Interlude II

Soulive — Interlude II

19. Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

Tonight, Tonight - smashing Pumpkins

20. Unluck – James Blake

Unluck - James Blake