Do You See What You Hear?


When you hear a note or chord do you feel a rush of color? When you’re near a loud or grating noise and you close your eyes in response do you witness a flash of chroma?  Or do you correlate tastes of food or wine with color?  Then you may be a synesthete.

If you are interested in learning more about the phenomenon of synesthesia you can find lots of links and information online, but I want to give you a chance to test yourself. The graphic at the top of the page is what I created on Polyvore after listening to a youtube video by Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive) where he shares his experience with hearing the Most Famous Chord In The World. Test yourself by doing a listening experiment. Do you smell, see or taste the notes and the chords?  How about when the whole glorious chord is finally played?:

Does hearing that chord make you want to paint or write or compose something expressive? Becoming more self-aware will help you become unstuck and you will notice how experiences affect your creative process.  Please share this with anyone else who may be stuck or who might be interested in learning about synesthesia.

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  • Fascinating seeing the visual for what you hear. I feel the energy and the multitude within that chord and see that expressed, but I don’t think I hear or smell or taste in color. There are sounds, tastes, and especially smells, that trigger strong reactions and memories that make me want to write. I’ve been thinking about playing with other creative outlets though as a way to get out of my head a little and see what that gets flowing.

  • Excellent idea Sara – it’s an amazing journey when you explore your creative abilities by experimenting with other media!

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