Emily Brighty has two big passions in her life – chocolate and music. The 19-year-old and her family run a beautiful shop selling handmade confections in their hometown of Newmarket, Suffolk in the UK called “Artistry in Cocoa.” And Emily sings and plays trumpet and piano at West Suffolk College.
For a while, Emily has wanted to write a piece of music celebrating the treat beloved around the globe because of the role it has played in her life growing up. The family started making chocolate when she was 6 years old and her older sister needed to raise money for a trip to Peru. When they successfully completed the project, everyone around them begged them not to stop making it, it was so delicious.
By the time Emily was 11 she was the youngest person in England to have completed a chocolate sculpting course. The home-based business did so well they opened the boutique five years ago. They have a website and a Facebook page: http://www.artistryincocoa.co.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/artistryincocoa/.
Then, “a few years ago my mum was doing a chocolate event and met a lady with sound and taste synesthesia.” It was a Eureka moment for Emily – here was a way to combine her two loves. “The idea for a piece of music focused on what chocolate sounds like came about. Now the opportunity has arisen for me to write and then record this piece of music which will be my final project for my course before I head off to university.”
Emily is extending an invitation to synesthetes who experience taste to sound synesthesia to contact her with their unique snippets of melody inspired by chocolate. Does white chocolate sound like piano? Deep, dark chocolate a cello? Milk chocolate inspire guitar riffs?
“Everyone experiences things differently,” Emily points out. “From working in the chocolate shop I know that people taste things differently insofar as something someone finds bitter, another person finds sweet. Synesthesia interests me because it is a different perception of the world we live in and through this project I want to try and find out more about how someone with taste and sound synesthesia would experience chocolate through their senses and to try and share that with people who do not experience it in the same way.”
If you contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org soon, she will be happy to ship some of the family’s delicacies your way to inspire the accompanying music. Those too far to ship are invited to send her sound files of what white, milk and dark chocolate sound like synesthetically. All of it will inform the composition or compositions.
Emily’s resulting opus will be performed by a full orchestra, with her conducting. Check back in this space for the final results!