Music

Voices in Colour

I feel sounds in colour, particularly voices. This is likely Chromesthesia. Below is a colour chart of singers and the colour of their voice (to me). Hover over a voice for more detail:

blue

  • Chris Martin Coldplay
  • Brooks Nielsen The Growlers
  • Joe Newman Alt-J
  • Freddie Mercury Queen
  • John Lennon The Beatles

    Fun Fact: Each Beatle has a different voice color: Blue, Grey, Brown and Red. Maybe that's why they were so appealing.

  • Sam Smith
  • ASAP Rocky
  • Neil Young
  • Morrissey The Smiths
  • Yukimi Nagano Little Dragon
  • Enya
  • Stephanie Dosen Snowbird

grey

  • Paul McCartney The Beatles

    Fun Fact: Each Beatle has a different voice color: Blue, Grey, Brown and Red. Maybe that's why they were so appealing.

  • Colin Vearncombe Black
  • Alex Turner Arctic Monkeys

    In his younger days his highs were a light red.

  • Julian Casablancas The Strokes
  • Ed Wallis My Sad Captains
  • David Byrne Talking Heads

brown

  • Hozier
    Low
     
    Mid
     
    High
     
    Falsetto
     

    His low voice is a beautiful blue. Brown mid to high, then a light blue falsetto.

  • David McComb The Triffids
  • Ringo Starr The Beatles

    Good old Ringo.

    Fun Fact: Each Beatle has a different voice color: Blue, Grey, Brown and Red. Maybe that's why they were so appealing.

red

  • Axl Rose Guns 'N' Roses
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bob Marley
  • Matt Berry
  • James Mercer Broken Bells, The Shins
    Modal
     
    Falsetto
     

  • Kevin Parker Tame Impala
  • Alexis Taylor Hot Chip
  • Ed Sheeran
  • George Harrison The Beatles

    Fun Fact: Each Beatle has a different voice color: Blue, Grey, Brown and Red. Maybe that's why they were so appealing.

  • Thom Yorke Radiohead
    Age: Young
     
    Age: Old
     

    My favourite singer of all time. He seamlessly blends modal and falsetto.

  • Emily Haines Metric
  • Taylor Swift
  • Emiliana Torrini

orange

  • Pharrell Williams
  • Ryan Tedder One Republic
  • Luciano Pavarotti

yellow

  • Guy Garvey Elbow
    Age: Young
     
    Age: Old
     

    Unique voice.

Just because a singer is the same colour as another doesn’t mean that they have the same voice. There’s so much more to a voice than colour. Some singers sound a little different from their high range to their low range, and some sound different over time.

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