Synesthesia, Scriabin and Seeing Music

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Russian composer Alexander Scriabin didn't have a plan for his music, he had a vision. Because of a condition called synesthesia, when Scriabin heard music he actually saw colors. Next week, a collaboration between MacArthur fellow and award-winning lighting designer Jennifer Tipton and Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze will attempt to bring Scriabin's music to life in full color.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Elliott Forrest, who is in for WNYC's Kerry Nolan, talks about seeing music with author and professor Daniel Levitin. Dr. Levitin teaches at McGill University in Montreal and is the author of four books, including "This is Your Brain on Music."