HEARING IN COLOR: Synesthesia and the Musician

Date: 

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Harvard University, Geological Lecture Hall, University Museum Room 100, 24 Oxford St

What happens when composers and musicians hear in colors, shapes, or personalities? How might these extraordinary experiences affect a composer’s writing, or a musician’s interpretation of a piece?

Presented byProject LENS and Rainer Crosett
Admission: Free and open to the public

Project LENS is kicking off the American Synesthesia Association's 12th National Conference on October 6th! Please join us for this FREE event that is open to everyone. No tickets are required!

Event Description

Most people's brains read signals from the eyes as light, shape, and color, and from the ears as sound. But some people can experience visual stimulation as sound or color or taste; or auditory stimulation as smell. This crossing of sensory modalities is called synesthesia. 

What happens when composers and musicians hear in colors, shapes, or personalities? How might these extraordinary experiences affect a composer’s writing, or a musician’s interpretation of a piece? And why do all musicians, whether synesthetic or not, use visual language to describe sound? On October 6th, join Professor Psyche Loui of Wesleyan University and Project LENS to explore the sound world as perceived by the synesthetic brain.

Featuring musicians:
Ariel Mitnick, violin
Yoonhee Lee, violin
Leah Ferguson, viola
Alan Toda-Ambaras, cello
Rainer Crosett, cello

Selections from works by: 
Shchedrin
Sibelius
Debussy

Learn more about our speaker, Psyche Loui at www.psycheloui.com

Project LENS is a production of Analog Arts. This event is produced with the Harvard Brain Science Initiative. For more information, please visitwww.experiencelens.com and https://brain.harvard.edu/event/hearing-color-synesthesia-and-musician.