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16 Apr 2012, 8:11 am

If you see musical notes as specific colors, then you can tell through visual and auditory feedback if your music is on key. For one example.

I am not sure why you'd phrase a question like "What's the use for it?" It doesn't really have a use, it's mostly a variation in how people perceive things. It sounds too much like "justify its existence." Its existence needs no justification. It exists, what more needs to be said?



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16 Apr 2012, 8:38 am

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If you see musical notes as specific colors, then you can tell through visual and auditory feedback if your music is on key. For one example.

I am not sure why you'd phrase a question like "What's the use for it?" It doesn't really have a use, it's mostly a variation in how people perceive things. It sounds too much like "justify its existence." Its existence needs no justification. It exists, what more needs to be said?


Yep, that's enough explanation for me, that it just exists :) I was just wondering if there was something sneaky behind it.

Ok, maybe it's useful to see if key is correct if you can't hear it. In my optimizing mind this just adds there one step too much to use. :)


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16 Apr 2012, 9:05 am

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I don't have this and I don't fully understand how it works or whats the use for it.

Some say that it's a great gift for a musician to be able to see music in colours and shapes. I don't understand this. For me it's enough, and sometimes even too much, to hear these sounds separately. Like if I listen to some classical music, it makes me a bit anxious to hear separately all the sounds, so what if there would be colours and shapes too! That would be so stressful!

How do you experince this synesthesia? What's the use for it? I'm also really interested how those musicians with this ability rely to it while doing music?


I suspect it depends on the type(s) of synesthesia and how it presents itself in the individual.

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16 Apr 2012, 8:06 pm

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From what I've studied in art from the early 20th century I've gotten the impression that most people are able to sympathize with the making of associations between various stimuli. Are some people unable to do so?

I associate a lot, but I don't have synaesthesia. Not more than other people, I guess. Because most people have a slight form of synaesthesia. Only few have an extreme form of it. And I don't have that.


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16 Apr 2012, 9:13 pm

Feline1982 wrote:
Yep, that's enough explanation for me, that it just exists :) I was just wondering if there was something sneaky behind it.

Ok, maybe it's useful to see if key is correct if you can't hear it. In my optimizing mind this just adds there one step too much to use. :)


It'd be pretty handy if one doesn't have perfect pitch. :) Most musicians can tell by ear, though. LOTS of people can tell by ear, even if they can't explain precisely what's wrong.



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16 Apr 2012, 9:14 pm

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I associate a lot, but I don't have synaesthesia. Not more than other people, I guess. Because most people have a slight form of synaesthesia. Only few have an extreme form of it. And I don't have that.


That's interesting. When I talk to people about synesthesia and describe what I experience they say it sounds like nothing they've ever experienced.

I know most people have associations (which is why I doubted whether I had synesthesia), but I am not sure it works quite the same way.

Also, synesthesia is really common among autistic people.



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20 Apr 2012, 12:34 am

I love my synesthesia :)
i have grapheme- color (words, letters,numbers, names, monthes, days all have a specific color.
i see pain in color to. (wich is why i love having headachs cuz there a gorgeouse shade of green, when i sprained my anle it was a rusty orange)
and my numbers have personalities and genders :D like 7 is bright green and hes a nerd but very nice.4 is yellow and she is very outgoing. 8 is purple and the 'mom' figure. Ect.


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20 Apr 2012, 11:02 am

Interesting.


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20 Apr 2012, 12:27 pm

I'm pretty certain I don't have it, but I think it'd be really cool to have sound to colour synesthesia (being a musician). The closest I've come to it is my associating certain musical key areas with certain colours, but the identification is more due to my having a good ear, and I'd have to think hard about which colour I was perceiving at the time.



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29 Dec 2014, 6:30 pm

I have some forms of synesthesia and I like it!
I have grapheme-color synesthesia (1 is black, 2 is blue, 3 is sylver, 4 is green, 5 is yellowish green, 6 is red, 7 is yellow, 8 is red-orange, 9 is bleu-marin, 10 is white, next numbers have various colors, and letters, days and months have also colors). I think I have also time space sequence synesthesia. The time periods such weeks looks like colored streep charts. For exemple, when I hear "4 weeks", I see 4 green streep charts with working days and weekends.
The sounds, emotions, pain, tactile senses, tastes, desires, ideas, abstract concepts, generates various shapes in my mind. My synesthesia help me to learn. When I learn materials containing abstract concepts, such psychological principles that are almost pure abstract concepts, I see various shapes that I combine them like puzzle pieces that help me to understand the material.


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29 Dec 2014, 7:59 pm

I get strong physical sensations when I hear sound, especially noticeable when I am relaxed and sitting around. The sensations are very variable and occur in all parts of the body, but mostly the torso. They are like waves of energy that move from one side of the body to the other and last about one or two seconds - hard to describe. Certain music will cause a whirlwind of sensation. Sometimes I get it from visual stimuli also, especially an unpleasant site, although the response to sound has nothing to do with the sound being pleasant or not. Synesthesia is very interesting and I enjoy mine.



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29 Dec 2014, 8:18 pm

drchcat85 wrote:
I have some forms of synesthesia and I like it!
I have grapheme-color synesthesia (1 is black, 2 is blue, 3 is sylver, 4 is green, 5 is yellowish green, 6 is red, 7 is yellow, 8 is red-orange, 9 is bleu-marin, 10 is white, next numbers have various colors, and letters, days and months have also colors).


Curious. What numbers, letters, etc... do you associate with the color "clear" ?



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29 Dec 2014, 9:06 pm

I've always found synesthesia interesting. Unfortunately, I've never experienced it.

I have experienced MES (Musical Ear Syndrome) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_ear_syndrome . Hearing music where no music is playing. Sometimes, I would hear full songs that I've never heard before, over and over again. Songs that have never really existed. MES has to do with tinnitus and hearing loss. It's not part of a psychiatric condition.


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30 Dec 2014, 3:55 am

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30 Dec 2014, 4:37 am

I only really get that if I am tripping on psychedelics or really stoned, obviously it is much more apparent with tripping. I do enjoy it though otherwise I would not attempt to achieve such states of mind.


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