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I know a (very good) professional piano player who said she sees notes that way, except I think for her the sound of a note associates with a color, rather than the name of the note. I don't remember if she has perfect pitch or not - I think she may.
 

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I know what you mean, but I don't see color, I "feel" specific..."textures?"

I will have an incredibly difficult time explaining how I associate sax notes, but I am the same about it being specific to the position of the note on the sax. All low Bb will have the same "texture" for me, regardless of concert pitch. For me, it's sax textures, not pitch.

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Everyone is entitled to their own bag. The specific notes as colors is a little harder for me to grasp but I guess I can see it.

What I do relate to is groups of notes as colours. Or Diminished 7th as say having a very dark Purple sound to it where as Whole tone is more maroon.

A Major 7th chord is obviously yellow.... :)
 

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Does anyone else visualize the notes as a colour ?

Not so much the notes when reading a piece of music, but rather when I'm thinking about an individual note, or key.
It's not something I've ever paid much attention to, but I do think of the main notes (flats or sharps don't seem to change anything) as having a specific coulour.

I always perceive :
C as Blue
D as Yellow
E as Blue
F as Brown
G as Green
A as Red
B as Orange

Just thought I'd throw it out there ... :mrgreen:

Also not sure why I think of C and E both as blue, that's just the way it is. :bluewink:
I also perceive F as Brown, C as Blue, A as Red. I have Eb and Ab as shades of green Eb being lighter. etc..
 

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All low Bb will have the same "texture" for me, regardless of concert pitch. For me, it's sax textures, not pitch.
What I do relate to is groups of notes as colours. Or Diminished 7th as say having a very dark Purple sound to it where as Whole tone is more maroon. A Major 7th chord is obviously yellow.... :)
I also perceive F as Brown, C as Blue, A as Red. I have Eb and Ab as shades of green Eb being lighter. etc..
All right !! I knew there had to be lots of us ! :bluewink:
 

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Im a math teacher and have noticed that most/many people see numbers in colors that are the same in their head. For example 3 is usually green.
 
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I believe Alexander Scriabin was a synaesthete. Some of his etudes have been transcribed for alto sax or saxophone quartet.
But he is remembered more for the "mystic chord," a series of fourths — augmented, diminished and perfect fourths — that create a sense of suspension and break down the traditional tonal center.
 

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When I see a color, I hear a sound. Never found a use for it, though.
 

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The notion that most or even many have a form a Synesthesia contradicts the data which says that around 4 to 5% of the population has a form of permanent synesthesia and only a few more will have a blurred form of temporary one.

True the data is not univocal but at most people get to quote a number ( that to me is very far fetched of 25%)

In any case the total would stay in single figures although there might be some genetically induced variation in people in closed communities. There are many forms of synesthesia, which is not by definition linking numbers or sounds to colors.

This phenomena is actually the scrambling of the senses any sense can be linked to another.
 

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I also have synesthesia with colors for note names (actually it goes through the whole alphabet, too, along with numbers). Here are the colors I visualize for notes.

C, D, E, F, G, A, B
 

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I do not associate colors with pitches but I do associate tonal organization with color organization. I find many similarities between the color wheel and color theory and the western tonality (cycle of fourths, triads, keys and the chord structures within them. I kind of attribute to the fact that sound and color are both parts of nature and deal with natural laws of physics (both are wave forms).

Both color and sound can have harmony and dissonance, etc.
 

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I never did acid, so I don't get it.
 

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synesthesia is not limited to numbers or music being reflected as colors but it is literally the contemporary experience of two senses.

So you can have any kind of variation of all the 5 senses in this.

You may experience music, numbers, as colors but also as taste ands smell in a contemporary activation of sensorial pathways.

But whereas the associating of numbers or sounds with colors is clearly experienced as a confusion of the senses of some, most of us will associate a shape to a color ( as in that for me a sphere is red and a cube is blue and a triangle is yellow) or a name to a face or a shape.

This is the reason why it has been proposed to even change the name of this phenomenon to ideasthesia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideasthesia


This has serious implications to understand why music and visual arts have a profound sensorial influence which many of us share (not to the point to see the same colors but to the point of experiencing similar feelings).

In a broader sense this also reveals the fact that our brains have preferential pathways which are directly influencing the direction that our thoughts take, given a particular sensorial stimulation but also in conjunction with any communication medium.

In other words it is possible to say that for most things, we are programmed to respond to a certain situation with a certain response because of this pathways.

This gets very intriguing if you think that some socio-anthropologists have began hypothesizing that the whole concept of religion is a sensorial response similar to the ones we have described.


 

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I have a few friends with synesthesia. One in particular sees sounds as colors... even chords are a color array to him, and chords/melodies are a series of color patterns. He knows thousands of songs and works full time as a singer/piano man in a piano bar... between his memory for sound and his memory for the colors, he has near total recall with music and play almost anything at the drop of a hat, even really obscure stuff. The guy has really worked at turning this phenomenon to his advantage!
 

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I also have synesthesia with colors for note names (actually it goes through the whole alphabet, too, along with numbers). Here are the colors I visualize for notes.

C, D, E, F, G, A, B
How do you see octaves?
 

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And then there is "Listen to the warm" and other such synesthesiac drivel from certain poets . . . .
 
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