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the colour of sounds
Old 25th August 2006
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the colour of sounds

Hiya Bruce! I remember reading an interview with you some years back where you mentioned that you hear sounds as colours--you described the Minimoog bass as being "purple". I've always loved that sound (esp. when played by musicians like Greg Phillinganes!) I was just wondering, what colour do you perceive my personal favourite sound, the Hammond B-3/Leslie as, and how do you like to hear and treat it in a mix?

Best wishes,

Dean Ross
Old 26th August 2006
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I'd be interested too - I think there is a connection between the frequencies of sound and the frequencies of lights, even though they are totally different in type and spectrum.

I find it interesting that humans tend to split the colors into an octave of 7 colors, which appear to repeat (even though we can only see one octave).

I'm not entirely sure that there is any consistency in the way humans relate sounds to vision - although it's fairly common.
Old 27th August 2006
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Sorry to butt in but what your referring to is called Synesthesia. Visualizing sounds/musical frequencies as colours.

A mate of mine pointed me to a piece they did on it on the ABC website years ago. Very interesting.
Old 30th August 2006
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Originally Posted by Reptil View Post
Actually no. It was a full write up on a piece that went to air on ABC in Australia. Didnt have all those quotes like in the one you posted. I had a print out so I cant post a link.... was many years ago.

But thanks for this one. Im always interested in reading up on this.
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