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well, we do refer to saxophone as: warm, bright, centered, projected, hollow, round, ....

all of this can be an allusion, a metaphor or be a literal “ vision” .

In postulating ideasthesia the theorists suppose that these things are way more common than we think.
 

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reviving this thread, I was listening to this talk with the great player Tivon when he mentioned he associates notes with colors at 8:50. I find this quite fascinating.

 

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synesthesia is way more spread than people imagined very likely among us there will be several people recognizing this , however the color (some people seem numbers in colors) are not the same to every synesthete

 

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I usually close my eyes when improvising, to block visual distractions from the real world. Mentally I visualize the ensemble music as a kind of architectural landscape to travel through or climb up. So, not colors, but virtual 3-D.
 

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synesthesia is really a bunch of different phenomena amassed under one word and even then there is no univocity , so what’s red for one would be blue for someone else.

The phenomenon really indicates an overlapping of senses so something that is essentially auditive ( for example it may be even thoughts or anything involving perception) becomes “ visible” but it may as wel give you the sense of “ salty” or “ acid" in the mouth (for instance) or an itch somewhere.., the neural paths leading to senses seem to cross and to produce a short circuit of some sort in an area different than the one the usual path leads.

For all we know (and neuro psychiatry is a science in continuous progress) there may very well be a number of people whom associate music to 3D shapes.


 
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