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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000290.txt from 2005/04

Subj: [kl] Synesthesia
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 12:21:46 -0400

This is a link to an article on National Public Radio this morning:

Synesthesia is neurological condition that causes some people to
perceive sounds as colors. There is a suggestion in the story that
infants must learn to distinguish their different senses, that we all
once perceived a gaggle of feeling, including colored sounds. I am NOT
suggesting a strong link between this and the 'dark' - 'bright'
discussion. But it's interesting.
For background, I have been reading the discussions on this list for
years, and I understand that the word 'dark' is used so often and used
so imprecisely that it loses usefulness. But it does have some meaning
to me, as does 'bright'' and you may hear me use those words sometimes.
(Interestingly to me, that other word, 'warm', has no connotation to me
as to timbre, but rather seems vaguely like a mood. I'll never say
"warm, dark tone".)

Wayne Thompson

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