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Synaesthesia Simulator

A self initiated project to explore synaesthesia: a condition that allows some people to experience an ‘overlapping of the senses’ eg tasting noises.

I created an installation, which attempts to recreate sound-to-vision synaesthesia, so those without it can experience it and improve their understanding of it. I sourced a soundbite of Sean Day, a synaesthete describing his condition - what he sees when he hears music. I wrote music using the instruments he discussed, and then animated visuals to it based on his descriptions.

The installation consisted of 7 layers of gauze netting to be projected onto, making a 3-dimensional visual effect. The viewer is then invited to stand amidst the installation and experience the interpretation of music as a visual input.


Olly Donovan

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