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Synesthesia is a rare and little known disorder where one’s five senses are mixed up. Those with synesthesia can see music, taste words, and smell, textures and so on. No two people with this disorder experience in the same way. Here’s a list of celebrities who reportedly have synesthesia.
- Pharrell Williams
There are many musicians that claim to have color-sound synesthesia meaning they can see notes of music. Producer and recording artist Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D is among these musicians. Williams even went so far as to use his experience with synesthesia as inspiration for his album Seeing Sound.
- Tilda Swinton
Swinton had talked about having lexical-gustatory synesthesia meaning she can taste words. For example, she explained that the word “word” taste like gravy to her, whereas the word “table” tastes more like cake.
- Duke Ellington
Ellington was quoted saying this about his synesthesia:
“I hear a note by one of the fellows in the band and it’s one color. I hear the same note played by someone else and it’s a different color. When I hear sustained musical tones, I see just about the same colors that you do, but I see them in textures. If Harry Carney is playing, D is dark blue burlap. If Johnny Hodges is playing, G becomes light blue satin.”
- Joanne Harris the author of Chocolat experiences color- scents synesthesia. Aspects of her synesthesia are featured in her novel Blueeyedboy.
- Tori Amos talked about her synesthesia in the autobiography, “Piece by Piece”.
“The song appears as light filament once I’ve cracked it. As long as I’ve been doing this, which is more than thirty-five years, I’ve never seen a duplicate song structure. I’ve never seen the same light creature in my life. Obviously similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns, but try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever.”
- Marina and the DiamondsSinger-songwriter Marina Lambrini Diamandis/Marina and the Diamonds has both music-color and word-color synesthesia.