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Sat, Jul. 28th, 2012, 06:23 am
cwbeas: New here. Sound, colors, and Spatial Reasoning

Hello, my name is Chase, age 24, and I am here to get input from others that might perceive the world as I do.  Please reply with anything you feel is relevant. 

I grew up around photographers, musicians, and artists. I was born cross-eyed, so my brain only uses one eye for general sight and the other for just periphery vision on that side.  ( i had corrective surgery at age 6) From my earliest memories I always had art books and music around me. Hell, my dad gave me a Salvador Dali book when I was 5. I new for along time I was different than others, but my dad's circle of friends kept me feeling normal for awhile. 

It was not until my second year of architecture college that I realized I was not just different, but exceedingly so. My professor asked us to go out and capture images of "the surreal". It took my weeks to realize that being able to innately see the surreal was not something everyone can do. For example, i almost always find myself witnessing the "in-between" states of things. The caustics of an environment (an allusion to light and optics), incidental shapes, sounds, and reflections are paramount in my perception of that which is around me. 

Also, as a musician, I have had ample opportunity to discuss sounds v color with other musicians. I have discovered that interpreting sounds as color is rare. I thought everyone saw colors and shapes when listening to music.  

My sound-->color synethesia is wholly un-solicited on my behalf. Almost all the sounds I hear i get instant feedback in colors and shapes. Even the sound of my keyboard clunking now is liken to a grey flag in the wind.  

However, I found very little information or personal stores that share the same kinds of perception i have.

(For complete lack of found evidence or nomenclature..i have myself given this a name) I would say I have some sort of Spatial Synethesia. Spaces, 3d shapes, motion, and similar, produce vibrant overlays of color and sound. It is as if the world is animated in a flurry of its own reflections. I have zero trouble using this in an operant manner. That is, I am able to bend, warp, and shape these synethic perceptions at will.  

I have just recently put together a portfolio of selected photographs and still artworks. It has taken me at least 10yrs of effort to build a craft or process that illustrates my perception. On my website, there are several images that should stand out apart from the rest that are fairly "straight". 


So, if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions as to what this "spatial link" is, please comment or contact me. I have watched every documentary I can find and just about every online article. But not one has suggested that the 2D process of synethesia (stimulus=resultant) can be solicited in a 3rd dimension of usability (stimulus+resultant=X). 

Thank you,

PS, I also should mention that I suffer from chronic migraines and insomnia. (might the mild seizures of migraines be related to synethesia???)

Sat, Jul. 28th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)

Hi, and welcome to the group. I'm Deafblind and have a bunch of kinds of synesthesia. I read somewhere that people who have some form of deafness or blindness have a higher chance of having synesthesia. I wish I remember where I read that!

Mine is mostly grapheme/color, grapheme/taste, grapheme/texture. When I was hearing, I could see colors with music. But I understand about synesthesia in motion-- I get that with my sign language interpreters at music concerts or in describing things. I can also taste and see months, days, and kind of see them in this weird spacial way in addition to their color.
I am also missing most of the midline of my brain, so I'm wondering, also, if this is why I have synesthesia.
Your art sounds interesting! I'll have to have a describer describe it. It will be the art of a synesthete being seen, in tactile form by yet another synesthete. That is almost too weird! :)

Sat, Jul. 28th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)

Migraine sufferers will often have auras or sensitivities without the pain in their head. In some cases synaesthesia is just a side-effect of migraines. Another thing to keep in mind is that it's theorized that the reason synaesthesia exists is that a person's brain never closed off the passages between the two senses.

My big wake-up call that things weren't normal was when I was in elementary school and described one of our choir warm-ups as the "rainbow warm-up". Our director would have each section sing a note between low do and high do and move each part up and down and it was just like being in the middle of the rainbow and I would bask in it. The other one was also elementary school when they do that little visual line of music in Disney's "Fantasia" and I made the comment: "Wouldn't it be cool if music actually looked like that?" My mom just gave me a really weird look.

The other one was when we had a visiting professor in college who suggested we "sing red". Everybody else was dumbfounded. He explained "Sing it warmly." I was just confused because the harmonies were so obviously orange. I later realized he was being figurative and I was being literal.

Just adding that I experience just random sounds having color, too. :)

Edited at 2012-07-28 03:48 pm (UTC)

Sat, Jul. 28th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)

Not sure if it's my browser settings but all I was able to find on your site was two videos of a train station. Not sure if those were the "images" you're referring to or not.

I wonder what you mean by "That is, I am able to bend, warp, and shape these synethic perceptions at will." What I have heard is that synesthetic perceptions are consistent and unchanging, so if you can warp/bend etc it sounds more like associations not the ore stereotypic synesthesia, but maybe I just don't understand your word choice.

I have heard of temporal lobe epilepsy being associated with synesthesia. I'm not sure if that relates to migraines or not.

I have a bunch of forms of syn..my spatials are resultant rather than causal, though. Timelines all have spatial position, as did my company work organization (each employee (known only online) had a specific spatial location to me). Tastes will create shapes in my mouth, and some music exists particularly spatially (usually in front of me, sometimes with motion, but I've felt bubbles running up my spine as well).

Sun, Jul. 29th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)

Migraines can definitely produce synaesthesia-like sensations. Anything that messes with your neurological system can do strange things like that.

Sound -> visual is one of my strongest synaesthesia types. I agree with the other commenter that your woring is a bit strange, so I'm not quite sure how to respond to your statements about the spacial things. I personally can see entire movie-like scenes when listening to music, but I don't think that's quite the same as what you're describing.