Advisor: Steve Alexander
Synesthesia is a psychological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers a separate response in another unrelated sense; this results in sensory associations such as taste-to-color and sound-to-touch, but researchers currently believe music-to-color to be the most common. This anomaly may be due the “cross-wiring” of commonly segregated regions of the brain and I am proposing to create an external processor that will simulate this connection for nonsynesthetes to experience. With the use of an Arduino microcontroller and compatible RGB color sensor, I will be building and programming a hand-held module that will scan color, and with this data input, produce sound in the form of musical notes and chords, essentially translating color into music. With this technology, a painting could double as a music composition and a child’s drawing could be transformed into a symphony.