A few months ago I shared an image on a few social media sites that I thought would lead to an interesting discussion. It’s a sketch I did while having a conversation about time. I asked everyone what colors they saw when they thought about a certain time. All I received were blank stares. So I drew this sketch of what I meant. Not the most vivid colors I know, I don’t get to pick them. And they are always the same. 1 o’clock is always white, while 2 o’clock is always yellow. If I have an appointment then the color will change. It makes it easy for me to remember what I have going on. When I have that feeling that I know I have to be doing something it’s because the color is different than it should be.
Again, I put this on facebook and instagram and asked people what color they saw for certain times. All I received in reply was crickets chirping.
I was honestly shocked that no one else had any idea what I was talking about.
A friend said that maybe I had Synesthesia. The more I researched it the more I believed that I did.
A quick run down of synesthesia is that basically a percentage of the population has a brain that has some wires crossed. I knew I had some form of brain damage! With these crossed wires a synesthete will experience more than one sense for a certain stimulation. Some people, like me,ds see time as color. Others may see numbers or letters as a certain color. This does help with performing math because you can visualize the answer as opposed to whatever those that can’t see numbers as colors do.
Another effect is that I am able to see music. I hear in color. What brought this all back to my attention is I ran across an artist, Stephen Malinowski, who is a musician as well as a software engineer. In combining these areas of interest he has created some videos that visually represent music in color. While watching them I was struck with such a strange feeling that I was finally able to see what was usually just in my head.
Here is a great example of what I am talking about.
Before I saw this video I had a very tough time explaining how the color comes across. But as you see in the video, each sound has a distinct color and placement. I can easily separate instruments and voices out of a choir because they not only sound different but represent a different color and placement in my mind.
Anyway, the more I read about it the more fascinated I am with the brain and all the interesting things that go on. Especially when the wiring in my brain was so serendipitously messed up.
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