Pianist with synesthesia performs Bach "in color" (video)

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29 Responses to “Pianist with synesthesia performs Bach "in color" (video)”

  1. DJ Cat Gif says:

    Might want to check what the [Video Link] points to :)

  2. EH says:

    Pretty sure there’s a natural color frame around 0:29. What note was that? It might be important.

  3. Kirke Godfrey says:

    looks like jitter is flipping out…

  4. silkox says:

    I never imagined I’d be a piano snob, but couldn’t he have put all this work into a recording with a better piano? (Or — more snobby still — a harpsichord?)

    • stephenjames says:

      I actually dig the vibe of that piano!

    • Nhoj says:

      yeah. i was kind of perturbed at first by the ‘saloon’ sounding offkey piano, but i dug it after a while.  however, I don’t experience synesthesia with notes the way it’s interpreted in the video.  It makes me wonder how different people with synesthesia visually perceive their colors.

  5. joe k. says:

    Owwww! My head aches really bad now… Stupid Bach!

  6. silkox says:

    Needs more cowbell!

  7. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Bach meets LSD

  8. endymion says:

    Not sure about those colors… but this was a FANTASTIC performance of Bach. Almost Gouldian.

  9. I am in complete AW of Shinners and GRATEFUL to him for helping me to understand a phenomenon that is, in itself, as deliciously extraordinary as his performance.  

  10. Craig C. says:

    So, to the wiki I went to research Synesthesia, and I’ve actually experienced the taste->sight thing, especially when focusing on wine/coffee tasting. I often visualized different tastes being above or behind, or sliding through, or to the left/right of others. I would have never thought that had a name.

    • taghag says:

       ask around in your family!  synesthesia is often a family trait (not necessarily genetic, just “runs in families”).

  11. stephenjames says:

    I dig him!

  12. Tim says:

    Check how, how he tagged his Video…

  13. Tuna says:

    That is absolute rubbish.  If that is synesthesia, I’m glad I don’t have because it would lead to epilepsy.

  14. BDiamond says:

    Very enjoyable performance, marred by the unnecessary exclamation at the end.

  15. Ladyfingers says:

    I wonder if you should perhaps provide viewers with seizure warnings. I don’t know if that’s the sort of thing that triggers them exactly,  but it was the first thing I thought about.

  16. TheMudshark says:

    Which leaves the question: Why would anyone without synesthesia play Bach?

  17. Paul Renault says:

    If you have a friend who has a copy of The Kronos Quartet’s Short Stories, borrow it.  On it, there’s a track, Spectre by John Oswald.  Mr. Oswald hears sounds when he sees things.  Spectre is what he heard when he visited the Grand Canyon.

    The Youtube video has really poor audio, so it doesn’t do it justice…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH1RLz5q-vk

  18. 666beast1 says:

    I won’t be taking LSD while watching this clip because I am already freaked out.

  19. 120decibel says:

    In case you are in Berlin at the time there is an excibition coming up featureing artists with synaesthesia: http://www.cross-senses.de/

  20. dnamama says:

     I can barely handle my alarm clock going off and an IMAX movie in the same week, so you can imagine what was going through my head watching this. But the talent is so immense, I couldn’t even close my eyes to regroup. (I wish I could handle more stimulation; the world would be so much more fun.)  I’m completely confident my husband would not nod off during one of his concerts, so we’re just going to have to deal with traffic one night soon and catch Evan in person. REALLY hoping this guy is playing on the XM Symphony Hall Tribute to Bach (on his birthday) tomorrow. If not, they have truly missed the boat.  The world has changed since I studied Haydn and Mozart in Spring, 1982. Thank God. Bravo.

  21. Laying into the prescription meds a bit too heavily, eh there, Glen?

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