Colourama - A Synaesthesia Experience


  What: An audio documentary  about synaesthesia, a curious neurological condition where (among other things) sounds are experienced as colours. 

The podcast is a collaboration between media producer Thomas Wilson and the University of Sheffield Music Department. The project was produced for 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 (hearing a sound) triggers the stimulation of a second unrelated sense (seeing a colour). This is just one example, and synaesthesia takes many forms; in fact there are over 60 that we know of.  

We spoke to synaesthetes (people with synaesthesia) from all walks of life and got them to describe their experiences and anecdotes.

  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 Sheffield public on 100 sets of wireless headphones in a circus tent. You can now hear it online via Mixcloud. We also built a sound installation for the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield where visitors could hear excerpts from the documentary. 

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, our interviewees, and Isan & Kosta T for providing the soundtrack. 


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