'That one's white, sort of grey and thin. Now it's losing colour'
'Yeah, you get to the disintegration point again, it's all falling away'
'All you can do is smash your hands against the wall'
'Blissful and a bit mysterious, it's sort of trippy'
Researchers have never agreed on quite how common Synesthesia is, with estimates ranging from 1 in 500 to 1 in 100,000. What is agreed on is that it affects the senses and Synesthetes' perceptions of the world around them. In this project, Taran Burns (1987) composed an original piece of music and asked Synesthetes to describe what it was they saw when they heard the sounds. He then built on this by layering his own interpretation of a Synesthetes visuals on top of the documentary. This film was made as part of an experimentation module, during which our Labbers were encouraged to push boundaries and try new styles and techniques.
Produced by the British Film Institute in 2012 as part of the Doc Next Media Lab scheme.
This work is part of Doc Next Network media collection docnextnetwork.org
My experience of making the film can be found on my DocNext MediaLab blog -
This film has been screened at;
Exploding Cinema - London, Dec 2012
and BFI's FutureFilm Festival 2013
Visual effects produced to the descriptions given by two renowned Bristol music producers, one with synesthesia, of a song I composed.