Color Play fosters synesthesia by
translating color to sound.
Arrange the colored wedges to create a tune.
Turn the knob to spin the disk.
Color is sensed and translated to musical pitch.
~ MAKING COLORPLAY ~
Louise and I set out to explore the relationship between color and sound, and make something that would spark the same curiosity in others. After much research, we chose to map the 8 colors of the spectrum with the 8 notes of the major C scale. We decided to create a record player-like toy that would allow a user to compose sound by rearranging colored wedges. With extended play, the user begins to internalize this relationship and may experience mild synesthesia.
Below is a summary of the process of creating ColorPlay. We also blogged about our experience.