Artist With Rare Synesthesia Condition Can See Music And Paints Famous Songs

Melissa McCracken is an artist who not only listens to music but also sees it.

She has a neurological condition known as Synesthesia and hence, she experiences music differently altogether. The sensory reception is cross-wired and hence, she can see the color and shape of the notes. As she is also a painter, she has the unique opportunity to share her visions of music.


By now, you would be wondering how the paintings would look and what she would look at in every painting.

She says that expressing music of different instruments, melodies, and rhythms is actually fun, thereby creating wonderful effects.

The guitar’s tunes are generally golden and angled, while the piano has a more marbled and jerky tune due to the chords.

She does not often paint acoustic music as it is only one person who plays guitar and sings. She does not draw country songs either, as they have muted brows.

Scroll down to have a look at her paintings of some famous songs.

David Bowie, “Life on Mars.”


Prince, “Joy in Repetition.”


Radiohead, “All I Need.”


Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin.”


Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1.”


Radiohead, “Karma Police.”


Pink Floyd, “Time.”

Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago.”

John Lennon, “Julia.”

Jimi Hendrix, “Little Wing.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Lenny.”