Dev Hynes has never been shy about the degree to which his synesthesia effects him. A complicated nuerological condition that melds sound an sight into one; synesthesia has been a common thread in musical innovators throughout time immemorial, playing a role in the lives of Jimi Hendrix, Pharrell, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and a slew of others. In a recent appearance at the very first installment of Hyperallergic‘s The Lost Lectures series, Hynes took to a stage at the Knockdown Center in BK to provide an audiovisual interpretation of his affliction and how it plays into his battle with chronic anxiety, performing a self-written piece in front of a kaleidoscopic backdrop that contorted and waned as the composition moved forward. Its a compelling peek into the world of synesthetes that simply shouldn’t be missed, as it transforms his disorder into a wholly vibrant blessing. Watch Dev Hynes’ performative lecture on synesthesia below. And if you’ve been itching for some new sounds from new-funk wonder, cop the Blood Orange composed OST to Gia Coppola‘s newest film Palo Alto via iTunes today.