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posted: 7/20/2005 at 6:35:47 PM ET
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I've noticed that there is a relationship between music and colour. A quick, happy tune in a major key reminds me of the colour yellow. A slow, sad tune in a major key reminds me of red, and a sad, slow minor key tune of blue. Quick minor tunes which have a feeling of toughness remind me of grey. Certain emotions and atmospheres I associate with certain tunes and colours. Minor tunes have a sad, solemn, cold, sometimes aggressive sound, whereas a sad major key tune has a tender, more gentle and merciful sound. Does anyone else associate types of tunes in certain musical scales with certain colours?

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posted: 7/20/2005 at 7:15:09 PM ET
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No, can't say I do.

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posted: 7/21/2005 at 2:25:56 AM ET
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Someone will know the term for this, it's nilasthesia?..or something like that?
Very interesting subject, it supposedly was the cause of a certain painter cutting his ear off, and no, Van Morrison is not affected...

Take me to your Lieder...

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posted: 8/8/2005 at 10:37:02 PM ET
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I've read about this phenomena. Can't recall the clinical name of it. There is also a condition(?) where people taste different things according to the music.

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posted: 8/22/2005 at 9:38:48 AM ET
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Its called synaethsesia- and its all about associating colour and sound. Maessian, and Kandinsky did a lot of research on this phenomenon- it is absolutely fascinating! Universities (Conservatoires) and Art Universities are beginning to recognise the validity of it and incorporate it into studies.

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