An abstract painting with various shapes
An abstract painting with various shapes
“Composition X” (1939) by Wassily Kandinsky

What It’s Like to Hear the World in Color and in Touch

Silly stories of synesthesia, music, filmmaking, and my brain

My favorite song, “Ceremony” by New Order (original version released in January of 1981)

I have a neurological condition called synesthesia, where the sensory areas of my brain overlap each other.

“It’s not you or your music taste, it’s my brain.”

My synesthesia has driven my interests in life since its very beginning

I know when the D string on a guitar across the room is slightly flat because I feel a buzzing on my skin that only stops when it’s tuned properly.

“Yet Again” by Grizzly Bear
A picture of a young child sliding on a slip and slide. Scattered blue paint has been added on top of the picture
A picture of a young child sliding on a slip and slide. Scattered blue paint has been added on top of the picture
A very silly rendering of what “Anpanman” by BTS looks and feels like. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash, edit by me
A man in a suit walks down a circular hallway
A man in a suit walks down a circular hallway
Ethan Hawke in Andrew Niccol’s film, “Gattaca”
An abstract painting
An abstract painting
A still from Disney’s “Fantasia,” which featured animation set to pieces of classical music.

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Jules F. Chin Greene

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Chinese-Māori and Irish-Scottish filmmaker writing about pop culture. LA. https://www.instagram.com/infinitevibes/

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