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#1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia (In case you don't know what it is).

I have the form where you associate audio with color, which is pretty common among people, and several musicians have had it. I'm sure a good portion of Pit dwellers got it.

An old English teacher of mine had the rarer form where you associate words with taste. One day when the class was asking her about it, she read a sentence and said what taste she associated with each word. I remember she associated the word "people" with the taste of Eggs.

For me, musical notes have always been:

A: Red
A#/Bb: White
B: Dark Green
C: Blue
C#/Db: Yellow
D: Grey
D#/Eb: Silver
E: Black
F: White
F#/Gb: Mustard Yellow
G: Green
G#/Ab: Light Green
#5
Me. Pretty much everything has some associated color. Words, letters, places, people, things, songs. I mostly think in pictures, so this is kinda just an extension of that.
And for the record

A: Red
A#: Pink
Bb: dark dark blueish purplish thing
B: Light green
C: Yellow
C#: Yellow
Db: dark blue
D: Blue
D#/Eb: Both blue
E: dark blue
F: green
F#: Dark green
Gb: Black
G: lighter green
G#: yellow-green
Ab: purplish-redish thing

I guess I do words and colors because to me A# is different from Bb.
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#6
inb4 everyone says they have it just to feel special.
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#8
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#9
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inb4 everyone says they have it just to feel special.


This.

I could alway slightly "feel" a colour with every note. Slightly being the key word here.

I have a weird thing of thinking albums in general have a colour to them, but I'm pretty sure that's unrelated. For instance, Brave New World by Iron Maiden has a very, very, very, "blue" feeling to it.
#10
One of my best friends does.

And so does this fellow..



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#11
Alright, Madcap, without checking, what color is this?

http://vocaroo.com/?media=vBBQkngyvvXM74mm8


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I have a weird thing of thinking albums in general have a colour to them, but I'm pretty sure that's unrelated. For instance, Brave New World by Iron Maiden has a very, very, very, "blue" feeling to it.


Hmm...I wonder why you'd get that feeling.

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#13
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Alright, Madcap, without checking, what color is this?

http://vocaroo.com/?media=vBBQkngyvvXM74mm8

Sounded red or orange to me. Tone also has something to do with it, and I'm bad at telling tones apart, so if I'm completely off in the chart I put up, I don't give a ****.
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#14
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Hmm...I wonder why you'd get that feeling.

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#15
The closest thing I really associate color and music with is between minor and major.
Minor is dark and grey and stuff, and major is kinda bright colors that I associate with it.

I think everyone thinks similarly to that though.
#17
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The closest thing I really associate color and music with is between minor and major.
Minor is dark and grey and stuff, and major is kinda bright colors that I associate with it.

I think everyone thinks similarly to that though.


Yeah, that's like associating happiness with bright colours and sadness with dark colours. Pretty plain really.
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#18
Quote by StewieSwan
Alright, Madcap, without checking, what color is this?

http://vocaroo.com/?media=vBBQkngyvvXM74mm8
That's what I associate colors with on paper or when I touch certain notes on a fretboard. But the timbre of an instrument definitely affects it, probably more. So because that was a distorted static sounding electric guitar, it had a light grey color.

Like even though this track resolves on a D chord, I still associate the synth with the color yellow, because of the timbre of the instrument.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFyck-8ll94
#20
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inb4 he gets the note wrong and later blames it on poor quality of the recording.
Not exactly.
#21
When I'm physically playing an instrument, I "see" what I'm playing as a series of colored shapes. Kind of like a visual score, I guess, but it's tied to actually feeling the instrument in my hands, so it only happens whilst playing, not listening. The shapes are always common ones, like squares, circles, triangles, etc.

EDIT: Probably not synesthesia, but certain intervals and timbres make me nauseous. White noise/static make me extremely dizzy, to the point that I've vomited from hearing TV static. And when dissonant tones are played together at length, I get the same sensation, especially as the notes get close to a half step apart. I assume this has more to do with the inner ear's effect on balance than any neural thing though.

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#22
I think everyone has at least a slight form of this. If something happens in your past and a nearby color is associated with the occurance, anytime it happens again you will remember the color. For example, if your first kiss was in a blue room, anytime you kiss someone you will probably think of blue.
#23
with light and sound being waves, I wonder if there's some kind of relation between the two. Like if certain sounds and colors go well together, or something.
#24
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I think everyone has at least a slight form of this. If something happens in your past and a nearby color is associated with the occurance, anytime it happens again you will remember the color. For example, if your first kiss was in a blue room, anytime you kiss someone you will probably think of blue.

I don't

I do, however, associate a lot of stuff with countries, and flags especially.
#27
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That's what I associate colors with on paper or when I touch certain notes on a fretboard. But the timbre of an instrument definitely affects it, probably more. So because that was a distorted static sounding electric guitar, it had a light grey color.

Like even though this track resolves on a D chord, I still associate the synth with the color yellow, because of the timbre of the instrument.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFyck-8ll94



Well it was an F, which you said is white.
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#28
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I've never associated notes with colors per se, but I do associate the frets of a guitar with colors



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#29
When I'm high and I talk to people/watch hockey I attribute specific colours or combinations of colours with their personality or how they play. I don't think that way at all when I'm sober, I think conceptually I guess. I don't picture vivid pictures, colours, or things like that unless I'm high.

So no not really
#30
I associate numbers, letters, and notes with colors.
I also subconsciously assign genders to numbers.

I'm pretty sure almost everyone does this sort of thing to an extent.
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#31
A: Red
A#/Dark red
B: burgandy
C: Yellow
C#/Db: orangey yellow, (bright orange?)
D: purple
D#/Eb: dark blue
E: blue
F: blueish green (i think this would be turquoice)
F#/Gb: Dark green
G: Orange
G#/Ab: Dark orange or very deep orange


I copied from yours and left the ones that are similar as the same, interesting that there are similarities though, tone colour does seem to alter it for me though. For instance, i've always thought this song was very 'orange' , i don't know what key its in but that's the impression http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piW9MHpfCu4
no idea why that song but it always stuck out to me, in the same way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8hwp_P3gKs Has always sounded very 'blue' , due to the tones of the actual song.

edit: if anyone else has this with these songs i'd be interested to know
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#33
Does that mean you have perfect pitch?
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#34
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#35
In the Wiki it said that synesthesia is common with people who go blind or deaf, that even though they can't see with thier eyes they can still see associated colors with thier mind when they hear a song, or vice versa I guess if they are deaf and they see colors they will hear tones in their minds.
#36
Quote by Snowman388
Does that mean you have perfect pitch?
No, those are just the colors when I'm reading notes on sheet music or touching them on guitar. When I'm actually listening to a song, it's usually the timbre of the instrument that determines the colors I associate it with.
#37
I'll guarantee nobody in here has it. Just because you can think of colors while listening to music doesn't mean you're synesthetic.
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#38
I don't have anything even remotely close to this. But I find it fascinating. I think it's really cool you explain each color with a given note.

To The Madcap: Have you been able to use this condition to develop unorthodox composition methods? What is it like composing music with this condition?
#39
Quote by ryan_nadon
I'll guarantee nobody in here has it. Just because you can think of colors while listening to music doesn't mean you're synesthetic.


Protip: Around 5% of the general population has synesthesia, and that proportion is much higher among musicians and visual artists.

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