Can you Really Paint With All the Colours of the Wind? : Interview with Michelle ‘Misha’ Oraa Ali, creator of MuSyC

Synesthesia, from the Greek words syn (union) and aesthesis (sensation), affects roughly 1 in 2,000 people. Michelle (Misha) Oraali happens to be one of those people graciously bestowed with the ability to make connections from sound to colour. She has been working on her software app, MuSyC (Music, Synesthesia, Color), which is a music to colour synesthesia simulator that takes auditory stimulus input and presents real time visual feedback. In itself, the project “MuSyC” is tremendously exciting. Yet, in speaking … Read More

MuSyC – Music, Synaesthesia, Colour

MuSyC  is  a project  which  aims at  building  a music  to  colour  synaesthesia visualizer. Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which perception of a certain stimulus, such as the musical note ‘A’, involuntarily elicits another seemingly unrelated sensation, such as seeing the colour red. There are various types of synaesthesia, one of the most common of which is music to colour associations. However, explaining the qualia or feeling this cross-sensory activation elicits is hard to do – thankfully, music visualizers … Read More

Danced Dreams:
Creating Electronic Sound through Movement

    as always, my senior thesis, is an evening-length performance of contemporary dance and poetry. The piece premiered on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mount Holyoke College.     At its core, as always draws from the classical Indian tradition of dancing in direct addresses, of moving to converse with a deity who is physically absent from the performance space. The “direct address” as a peculiar connection between dance and dancer, dancer and a presence outside the dance, shares … Read More

More than Beeps and Boops: A Trip to the 2nd Annual North American Conference on Video Game Music

 When we talk about video games, our attention often goes to graphics, gameplay, or story. But there’s another powerful part of the video game experience—music. 2014 5CollDH microgrant recipient Hyeonjin Park (Mount Holyoke College ’15) traveled to the 2nd annual North American Conference on Video Game Music in Fort Worth, Texas, to learn more about sound’s role in how we play games. In her own words:It was a small audience, but a very interactive one as everyone sat and listened to each … Read More