A THREE TOWNS music maestro has this week lifted the lid on his relationship with music and the unique talent he shares with Mozart and Chopin.
Kris Lennox, 33, recently had a piece called ‘The Inescapable Light’ published in a new piano composition book and it highlights his perception of sound through synaesthesia.
The condition means that Kris can see sound in his mind and it makes it easy for him to play back any music he hears as the way he interprets it is different.
Kris explained how it can be unusual in every day situations: “A car would go past and my mum would say that’s a Fiesta, and I didn’t know what the label meant and I couldn’t identify one by sight but a few days later a car was approaching us and I said ‘there’s a Fiesta coming’ and my mum found it quite odd.”
Synaesthesia is a rare condition and Mozart, Messiaen, Scriabin and Chopin are included in famous composers who had it.
Kris has kept the condition to himself over the years but the published piece opens the eyes of others to what he can see.
He said: “Apart from when this book came out, the only people who knew about it were my parents and my doctor. It can be difficult because there’s no filter.
"There was one time I was at a friend’s house and I found it really difficult to concentrate because the ‘G’ in his fridge was a bit sharp.
“It’s great because if I hear something on the radio, I can play it, which is fantastic, it saves me buying music books and that’s why I want to compose my own music because I want to compose a piece I have never heard.”
Kris, has been composing since he was around 14 and after signing a publishing deal this is the first time he has had a piano composition published and it features alongside other composers, such as Phillip Glass.
He explained a bit more about how he sees sounds and said: “When you speak, I see it and translate it.
"I think in terms of sound and colour.
"When I speak to someone it’s foreign and there’s a delay but I’m used to it.
"There’s a translation that goes on.
"The piece is about it and painting a picture with the sounds.”
To be included in the book with other famous composers is an honour for Kris: “It’s nice to know that that’s your family and you think what you’re doing might have some value to others but until someone acknowledges that, like my publishers, it vindicates the creative process.
"They consider me to be on the same level as these guys and it’s nice to know that they feel that way.”
The book Kris is featured in is called Twenty Four Contemporary Piano Works and can be purchased from www.musicroom.com and all other online retailers.