Colourama - A Synaesthesia Experience


  What: An audio documentary / podcast about synaesthesia that premiered at the Festival of the Mind in a 19th century Belgian circus tent. (We also built an immersive sound installation that simulated syanesthesia in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield).



The podcast is a collaboration between media producer Thomas Wilson and the University of Sheffield Music Department. The project was funded by the Festival of the Mind. 

What is synaesthesia?

Synaesthesia is a harmless neurological condition experienced by 4% of the UK population. The word synaesthesia is Greek in origin and loosely means 'union of the senses'.

Stimulation of one sense (e.g. hearing a sound) triggers the stimulation of a second unrelated sense (e.g. seeing a colour). This is just one example, and synaesthesia takes many forms; in fact there are over 60 that we know of.  

The best description we’ve come across was put together by TED

  Who: Colourama is a collaboration between mixed-media producer Thomas Wilson, and Renee Timmers + Caroline Curwen from University of Sheffield Music Dept. 

 When: The podcast premiered at the Festival of the Mind in 2018 and was heard by the public on 100 sets of wireless headphones. You can now hear it online via Mixcloud.

Be part of the reseach - we invite you to complete this very short questionnaire, share your experiences, and to add to our synaesthesia research.

We’d like to thank the Festival of the Mind for supporting this unique project, and Isan & Kosta T for the incredible soundtrack. 


For more information:  hi@thomw.co / @thrillson on Twitter