Opening with a synesthetic interpretation of Jilson Setters’ The Wild Wagoner, join Jilson, a blind violinist, on a wild mountain adventure.
Made for collaboration with the Re-Envisioning America show at CalArts, 2010!
What on Earth is that?!!
That’s what the horsefly in my room sounds like visually. The fly approached me and flew past my left ear.
I’ve got synesthesia, which is basically a misfiring of synapses that makes a person experience one sense through means of a different sense, or multiple senses. I “see” sound in my mind’s eye. It’s involuntary and it only goes one way: I can hear something (say a noise or a song) and “see” it, but I can’t look at an abstract painting and “hear” it (but Kandinsky could)! I still hear the sound, of course– that’s what triggers the visual.
I can, to a degree, “hear” visuals: I always need to listen extra hard when I’ve got sunglasses on, because everything gets quieter.
And lots of loud music seems to make a place brighter than it is– though conversing with music on is really difficult because I need to separate the visuals of the music from the visuals of the voice/words.
Other forms of synesthesia I have are grapheme-color, touch-visual and on occasion, taste-visual and scent-visual, too (mainly if I’m expecting to taste/smell one thing but get something completely different).
Questions about synesthesia are more than welcome. From now on I’ll try to make blog posts about the visuals I get!
Oooo here’s one I forgot to upload at the start of the semester– originally colored it for the Character Gallery Show. The orange stuff in the background is what electric guitars look like when I hear them. I’ll do more pieces on synesthesia this summer!