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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000648.txt from 2002/05

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Color and pitch? (Was perfect pitch)
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 18:03:21 -0400

On Fri, 24 May 2002 14:25:39 -0700, said:

> For a while several years ago I was a member of the Flute discussion
> group. A thread which ran through maybe a dozen postings had to do
> with a connection between the perception of color and pitch.
> The people who claimed to have this trait presented a rather
> convincing case for it, in my opinion. The basic point was that when
> an instrument is played they have a perceptual connection between the
> pitch and that part of their brains which triggers color sensations.
> We never got into any detail on the matter because it was clearly
> off-topic...

No wonder you unsubscribed. (By the way, I'd still be interested in
your answer to:

...if you have a moment.)

> ...but their descriptions of the sensation were so naturally expressed
> that I tended to say "why not?" The subject has been lurking around
> in my mind ever since and I've wondered on occasion if there are
> members of KLARINET who have the same trait and if we can get them to
> describe the sensation a little more fully.

Not me; but my wife tells me that for example, D-major, Bb-major and
G-major are each different sorts of brown, whilst F-major is a sort of
watery bottle-green. A-minor is palish blue, and C#-minor is golden
with perhaps a hint of crimson.

But then, she says that Monday, Wednesday and Friday are deep blue,
mid-brown (the same as G major) and orangey-brown respectively.

And the letter 's' is yellow, and the number '6' is red.


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