Some of history’s greatest artists, such as Vassily Kandinsky, Duke Ellington and Mozart, experienced synaesthesia, a neurological condition that allows you to “see”
Google teamed up with experimental musicians Antonie Bertin and NSDOS to study Vassily Kandinsky’s writings, which describe the artist’s association between shapes, colors and sound. The team combined their findings with machine learning tools to create Play a Kandinsky, a seven-part musical game that simulates what Kandinsky heard while painting. Yellow Red Blue
Play a Kandinsky begins with a few rudimentary examples of how shape-to-sound or color-to-sound synesthesia can feel. Then the game gives you the freedom to move about it Yellow Red Blue canvas and hear a symphony of combined sounds. Some shapes and colors sound soothing, while others sound violent or cacophonous.
Google Arts and Culture developed Play a Kandinsky for its Sounds like Kandinsky conservation project. Other tools in the project include a virtual tour of his Paris studio and a close-up of another famous painting by Kandinsky, Sky blue