For me, listening or harmonizing to music is like doing math.
Comment on the Facebook Synesthesia group 12-13-14 – we will never see progressive numbers like this for a date again in our lifetime!
For me, listening or harmonizing to music is like doing math. Certain note combinations yield a new sound! It’s so fun to listen to my brother play piano, or for me to play my dulcimer. I have a lot of fun listening to music, playing with certain notes.
Perhaps music therapy has more to do with a blending of the senses that we/scientists/people realize!!!???
JASON: OK, I really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to share my synesthesia experiences.I realized I had synesthesia when I was about ten years-old. I was watching Ratatouille, the scene where he tasted the cheese and strawberries, when all the music he heard which was evoked from the foods’ taste. I knew exactly what it felt like to have music to certain tastes. Shortly afterward, I watched a documentary about how the mind works, and synesthesia was featured, going through the many types. I appear to have grapheme color, situational mirror touch, time-unit to color, ordinal-linguistic personification (OLP), spatial sequence misophonia and taste to color/sound. With grapheme color, I don’t see colors of letters/numbers with my own eyes, but rather in my mind. For example, A is ‘red’ to me. My mirror touch isn’t very frequent; I only get the sensation if I play Mario Kart and my player hits an object, or if I see a disturbing video. Otherwise, I am not affected with mirror touch. Time-unit to color synesthesia colors all of my months and days of the week, and the spatial sequence positions them in such a way. For instance, January is very red, but March is dark green. As they pass, they do so in a manner like a video tape. Thanks to my OLP, my numbers have personalities. Three is very spry– I love him! My misophonia is very unpractical, though. I hate certain noises, and it gets under my skin– literally. I need to leave a room if someone’s laugh is just repulsive (by my perception of course). When I taste food or beverages, I have a sound effect for them based on how it tastes and feels on my mouth. A burger usually has a comforting trumpet noise, but grapefruit has that putrid tang which makes me pucker! At first, I assumed everyone had synesthesia, especially when they used imagery, metaphors and similes to describe things, but I didn’t know that we all have a brain of our own which is unique to us. I’d never pass my amazing ability up; such a God-given phenomenon is one to be cherished for life.
JAN: I understand that more and more children born within the past 10 years HAVE synesthesia! To them it’s very common that they have a “blending” of many of their senses (Indigo, Crystal and the lastest children in past 2 years)… the majority of people on our planet have NO idea what synesthesia even is or that it exists, so I’m very EXCITED about being able to share comments from people who DO experience this BLENDING… so that others can understand more about the different types and how they work!!!
THANK YOU JASON FOR SHARING!!!