In hearing about sound-to-color synesthesia, or rather Chromesthesia1, I have always been rather jealous, and wanted to experience this unexplainable phenomenon for myself. I have read up a little bit about it, and from what I hear, it sounds like a good thing to have. However, I am still very uncertain as to what it actually is...
Image from wikipedia link on chromesthesia
That's pretty much the best I can picture it as ; 'thinking' different colors for different notes.
My questions in regards to musical performance/practice:
- Does chromesthesia help when trying to find a certain note? Does it help in attaining absolute/perfect pitch?
- Does it make it easy to tell whether notes are in tune or not?
Regarding musical composition:
- Would chromesthesia make one more creative in composing? Would seeing a mix of colors in ones head help in writing music?
- Or, would chromesthesia make this a hard process, constricting natural musical ideas.
I don't know about you, but I can just picture someone coming up with a beautiful melody and deleting it because it uses a color they don't like... :)
Does anyone here have this ability? If so, could you then explain to me how you find sound-to-color synesthesia to be useful, and more specifically, in the settings I imagined?
If you don't happen to have this ability, please think very carefully before answering, and include many credible sources... I'm not sure how much I trust you... :)
1 Throughout this question, I am assuming that this "condition" really exists. As many people claim to have it, I don't see why it should be assumed otherwise. Also, as jjmusicnotes noted: "synesthesia not only affects my own compositional process, but has also affected historically significant composers as well. Thus this subject falls under "musical practice" which I interpret to include pedagogy - underwhich this subject may be included." Please take this into consideration before voting to close, like a few have already done...