In an excerpt from Kanye West’s interview with Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers, West discusses music, fashion, and how his celebrity status is holding him back from what he really wants to do in life.
In answering one of Seth Meyers’s question, Kanye says ” I have synesthesia; I can see sound in front of me.”
Synesthesia is a poetic device that links together different senses; “warm color” is a synesthesia since it joins the tactile sense and your sight. In comics it is used to recreate sounds, such as POW, BOOM, etc. In the last decades it’s been used to define a neurological phenom that stimulates more senses with a single impulse.
With his music Kanye can paint pictures with his music and has the ability to recreate his vision through his production.
Recently I was watching Andreas Vollenweider’s music DVD and in it he says that he draws pictures when he makes his music. He draws a picture first and then makes the soundtrack for that picture, that’s how he does his music.
“Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind… in the air… in the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do … is listen.” – August Rush in the movie August Rush.
Kanye West has to be one of the best Hip Hop producers, Andreas Wollenweider has to be one of the best harp jazz/fusion artist, August Rush has to be one of the most memorable movie. The three have one thing in common, they have Synesthesia, they can see their craft. They see music, they see sound, its everywhere.
You need to be so good in your craft that you are able to see it.
Learning how to see is not about looking at the end product, but seeing it everywhere.
You are see the next bounce of the ball, all you have to do… is learn how to see.