Chromesthesia or sound to color synesthesia is a relatively rare neurological synesthesia. The idea of watching music rather than listening to it sounded unique and made me (Rachelle) inquisitive about it. When I shared the idea with my teammate (Treasa) we instantly got on the same page and chose to create a website to give a normal person the experience of watching music rather than listening to it.

What it does

The website Chromesthesia enables the user to search for a song and predicts the color associated with that song based on its genre just like how people with chromesthesia would see it. If you feel the color associated with the song didn’t seem connected you can take the short survey linked in the website so the changes can be made to the simulator.

How I built it

We created the layout for our website on Figma and later hardcoded the website using HTML and CSS styles. We used Spotify’s API to link it with our code to make it our search engine to browse songs using Python and JavaScript. Later we flasked the Python code with the HTML/CSS website to make the website up and running.

Challenges I ran into

Trying to get Spotify’s API as our search engine to browse songs was the most challenging part of our project. Once that was complete we were not sure on how compatible Python and HTML/CSS were and later came up with the idea of using Flask to combine the frontend and backend.

Right now, our website doesn't take into account all genres listed in Spotify so some songs will run into error messages.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We are proud we were able to get this website up and running. We are happy we made this website with the future in mind so we can have a detailed idea of this synthesia.

What I learned

I learned how to use the new library Spotipy to use the Spotify API in python. I also learned Flask to connect the HTML/CSS frontend to the Python backend.

What's next for chromesthesia

As mentioned in the accomplishments, we look to spread the website and get as much feedback to keep the data accurate. The survey they take helps us analyze more sound-color connections and give more realistic results.

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