" Like a number of other synesthetes, however, she also has another form of synaesthesia
: the colorgraphemic kind, which causes her to experience numbers and letters in particular colors.
Four of them had number-color synaesthesia
. They were aged from 20 to 30 years, half were women and with the left hand dominant.
She said: "I first discovered I had the condition when I heard a radio programme about this thing called synaesthesia
. I just thought oh, everybody does that.
The term synaesthesia
suggests the joining of sensations derived from different sensory domains.
Scientists call my visual, emotional experience of numbers synaesthesia
, a rare neurological mixing of the senses, which most commonly results in the ability to see alphabetical letters and/or numbers in colour.
What are we to make of this new fascination with synaesthesia
? And what are the stakes for the very conception of sound art?
182) Kwon relates Hoffmann's ideal of instrumental music to the Platonic idea of a mirroring of universal nature by the subjective self Schopenhauer's emphasis on the need for the will to re establish the link between the world of appearances and a lost human capacity to interact with them is seen as an essential further step from the synaesthesia
of the arts in early Romantic art towards Wagner's use of synthesis Wagner thus evokes through 'Gesamtkunstwerke, the totality of a universe in relationship to man.
The generating trope of these poems is a "simulated synaesthesia
" that expands the suggestive aura of colors: "blue sounds," "high yellow voices," a "green sound," a "green scent," a "purple scent," "the red cry of a hawk," "a mauve sound," "purple poems," "indigo's space," "darkness as heavy [as] velvet," a "saraband in mauve," the "shadow of yellow'--and "a yellow sound," "yellow [that] clangs with a clash of cymbals," "yellow [that] rings a plangent bell," these last three images echoing Kandinsky's title Ger Gelbe Klang.
First performed at the Stockton International Riverside Festival, the multi-media installation, Blue And Beyond - Synaesthesia
, is back in the region, at Newcastle's Gulbenkian Studio tonight.
Her perceptions of life are affected by her "synaesthesia
", a sense of "seeing" things as though they were colours.
HALLUCINOGENS (acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA, Ecstasy, psilocybin, mushrooms, peyote) Symptoms: Altered Mood and perceptions, focus on detail, anxiety, panic, nausea, synaesthesia
(ex: smell colors, see sounds) Look for: Capsules, tablets, ``microdots'', blotter squares.
He sees these as revolving around the concepts of synaesthesia
and similarity: the former (particularly dear to late-nineteenth-century symbolist aesthetics) represents a "tendency for an input in one sensory mode to excite an involuntary response in another" (p.