Music & Moods: COLORS
Humans, as many other animals, govern their lives by their senses, including taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Humans, however, are set apart by their ability to comprehend their sensory capacities. The human understanding of the senses not only grasp present exposure, but it also enables one to transcend into a piece, reminiscent of a distinct time or location. The senses coupled with a mental capacity allow humans to transcend into art, immersing oneself fully into a reality beyond their own. The sense of sight enables one to visually appreciate color, while also provoking an emotional response. Music achieves a similar emotional response through its tonal aesthetics, triggering a feeling dependent on the type of sound. For some, these distinct senses are compounded with a condition known as synaesthesia. This condition is described as the ability to see or taste sound. The talented, Pharrell Williams, is one of many with this condition, which he describes as a gift. He credits his ability to make well received music to synaesthesia as he sees music as an array of colors, which he arranges in a manner that appeals to him. Pharrell indicates, “... if it was taken from me suddenly I’m not sure that I could make music. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it. I wouldn’t have a measure to understand.”
The profound relationship between color and music is undeniable as both music and color provide an internal connection and emotional response. Additionally, for some, the senses used to perceive color and music are linked, deepening one’s understanding. A YouTube channel, entitled COLORS, similarly links color and music in order for the viewer to gain a better understanding of the artist stylistically. The channel features numerous artists undergoing a live performance in an empty room, each with a distinctly colored wall. Below are a selection of videos from the channel with the corresponding mood that the music and color reveal.