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“I Paint Music” By Melissa S. McCracken

Artist Melissa S. McCracken’s synesthesia allows her to translate music into stunning abstract oil and acrylic paintings. Those who have synesthesia posses the ability to see certain sounds and words as colors because their sensory and cognitive pathways neurologically lead them to involuntary experience secondary sensory cognitive pathways.

Her paintings express a vibrant and beautiful mixture of colors which feature a variety of artist from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder. 

To describe her experience as a synesthetic artist, McCracken says on her website:

“I paint music.

Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Colors in books, colors in math formulas, colors at concerts. But when I finally asked my brother which color the letter C was (canary yellow, by the way) I realized my mind wasn’t quite as normal as I had thought.”

Radiohead – Lucky

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“Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the “wrong” sensation to certain stimuli. Each letter and number is colored and the days of the year circle around my body as if they had a set point in space.”

David Bowie – Life On Mars?

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John Lenon – Imagine

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Prince – Joy In Repetition

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Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

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“But the most wonderful ‘brain malfunction’ of all is seeing the music I hear.”

Soulive – Interlude II

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John Mayer – Gravity

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Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You

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“It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.”

Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight

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Radiohead – Karma Police

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Glass Animals – Flip

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“Having synesthesia isn’t distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience.“

Airhead – Callow

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Find Melissa S. McCracken on Etsy!

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13 reasons why Yoann Lemoine (a.k.a. Woodkid) is fucking awesome:

1. Dior Homme had a collection (A Soldier On My Own) inspired by Iron.

2. He created the multi- award winning Graffiti, a smart and creative AIDS awareness campaign.

3. He wrote a score for Les Bosquets .

4. He is collaborating with Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón on their new film Desierto and has spent a lot of time composing and producing the entire score of the film.

5. He directed Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die video

6. and also made a remix of the song, which I believe is better than the original version.

7. Mystery Jets’ Dreaming of Another World was also directed by him.

8. He also directed his own music videos and let me tell you: they are A-MA-ZING.

9. Run Boy Run and The Golden Age were nominated for Best Music Video at the Grammy Awards.

10. He is a fucking master when it comes to computer graphics!

11. Along with the album The Golden Age he released a book that is a must if you are a fan of his work. It complements the album and vice-versa, so you can understand more of that world but still make it your own.

12. His music is so unique and great that it touches not only music lovers but also computer ones, people from the fashion industry, jews and gays.

13. His concerts are one of the most fantastic and beautiful things one can experience.

Picture by Amanda Rose


Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!!


Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.

On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 - “Musicology”, the thirtieth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN, Metal Works in Mississauga, Ontario, and The Hit Factory in New York City in Mid - Late 2003. After experimenting with distributing his music through his own NPG Music Club website, Prince will decide to realign himself with the more traditional form of issuing his work. Released in cooperation with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, it will be the artists’ first major label release in over five years. The album will also feature guest appearances from musicians such as Candy Dulfer, Maceo Parker, Sheila E. and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. Part of its commercial success will be due to the unique method of selling it by including a copy of the CD along with the price of a concert ticket, during the “Musicology Tour”. It will spin off two singles (three in the UK) including “Call My Name” (#75 Pop) and the title track (#3 R&B). It will win two Grammy Awards including Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Call My Name” in 2005. “Musicology” will peak at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.