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This Artist Has A Rare Condition That Allows Her To See Music, And It's Absolutely Phenomenal

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken has a rare condition that causes her to associate color with particular stimuli, like letters and numbers. It's called synesthesia, and it causes mild hallucination-like sensations. McCracken first learned of synesthesia while doing math problems in school and listening to music. 

McCracken became a professional artist, and she uses her rare gift to create vibrant paintings of the images that certain songs bring to mind for her. “My form of synesthesia is more oriented toward timbre. So the tone is more important than the instrument itself,” McCracken said in an interview, “For example, an original song can look one way, while a cover of it or a live acoustic set can look completely different.”

"Callow" by Airhead

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"Life on Mars?" by David Bowie

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"Flip" by Glass Animals

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"Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix

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"Imagine" by John Lennon

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"Gravity" by John Mayer

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"Joy In Repetition" by Prince

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"Karma Police" by Radiohead

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"Lucky" by Radiohead

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"Tonight, Tonight" by Smashing Pumpkins

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"Interlude II" by Soulive

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"Since I've Been Loving You" by Led Zeppelin

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