Seeing Songs: Synethesia Artwork As Album Art For "The Unseen" | Luke Garfield

Seeing Songs: Synethesia Artwork As Album Art For “The Unseen”

Guitar chord as synesthesia artwork

Ever since Fear of Flight (both 📷  are his I just added the chords) told me about his synesthesia* I’ve been fascinated by the way he experiences music. He’s an exceptional musician himself so it’s amazing to hear him talk about his own music and my own in terms of colour.

Recently he sent me these two images from some noodling he’d started doing with watercolours to try and express what he sees when playing certain chords on guitar. I was immediately enamoured with them.

The idea of seeing another sense runs in parallel to the idea of “The Unseen” album that I’m working on. This album deals with spiritual realities which aren’t seen but affect the way I live and the actions I take in life. I can’t see the images and colours in Aaron’s head but I believe they are authetic and impact not only the way he experiences life but the way he writes music.

You’ll see more synesthesic art from Aaron as I’ve commissioned him to create the artwork for the abum. He hasn’t heard any of the songs yet because I don’t want to spoil his first impression of what he sees/hears.

(I’ve heard these songs alot so I’m excited to see them myself. 😉)

Guitar chord as synesthesia artwork

Am7 guitar chord as synesthesia artwork

*Synesthesia: The word “synesthesia” comes from the Greek words: “synth” (which means “together”) and “ethesia” (which means “perception). Synesthetes can often “see” music as colors when they hear it, and “taste” textures like “round” or “pointy” when they eat foods.

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