- 13 Dec 17
Natalie Dyer talks to Ireland's most colourful people about their experiences of seeing colour in music.
There are those expressions ‘green with envy’, ‘yellow-bellied’ and ‘seeing red.’ Then the superstitious rationale of the virginal, white wedding dress and unlucky green car. A mingling of one's spidey senses is no new thing. So, to those of you not already acquainted with the idea of Synesthesia, it’s a condition whereby one sense is simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses. There are also many different forms of it.
A common category is ‘sequence-space synesthesia’ - when months, numbers, or the letters of the alphabet occupy spatial locations in the mind’s eye. Such synesthetes are eight times more likely to work in a creative capacity, and quite a few talented artists throughout history have had it. Poets. Actors. Also musicians Tori Amos, Dev Hynes, Pharrell Williams and Billy Joel.
Today, we’re talking about Chromesthesia. The one where sounds automatically and involuntarily evoke an experience of colour. Before Ireland’s most colourful people are lined up to talk about these encounters, we find out why they are obsessed with their chosen colour.