Post 45: Accent colours
So what colour springs to mind when you think of Hendrix? For some reason orange popped into my head. I think possibly because we borrowed a wonderful velvet jacket from EMP in Seattle for an exhibition we held here in 2010 and I think that is a strong visual memory for me. The other colour is pink – the colouring of the lettering on the Are You Experienced album cover but it is hard to know how much input Hendrix had in that, particularly given his views on one of his other album covers.
I know that colours were important to Hendrix and it is thought he may have had synaesthesia, which is a “union of the senses” when two of the five senses that are normally separate are automatically joined together. So for Hendrix this would have meant experiencing colour when he heard sounds. Certainly the clip from the about-to-be-released movie that is bouncing around the internet at the moment suggests colour was important to him.
Apparently some people who have synaesthesia can also experience taste, smell, shape or touch in almost any combination. Can you imagine how handy it would be if you skipped lunch and just looking at the colour yellow made you think you could taste a cheese sandwich – could save money, time and waistline…