creating color in music

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    Maria Myers on #149822


    I’m reading a book on music performance and came across a reference to creating “color” in one’s tone.

    Misty Harrison on #149823

    What is the name of the book you are reading?

    patricia-jaeger on #149824

    Maria, in a general way, this information might help. Bowed string instruments might produce a different “color” of the very

    Sherj DeSantis on #149825

    A slightly different question…does anyone ever remember hearing that people with perfect pitch, hear and see the colors of a note? There is a young man of about 30 years old at our church who is a highly

    catherine-rogers on #149826

    That’s called synesthesia, where letters can have color, sounds can have color and colors can have taste.

    unknown-user on #149827


    I would find that very interesting! I’ve always thought that synaesthesia is fascinating – but color and music aren’t just associated with perfect pitch, in the sense that each pitch is a different color. Some people associate different colors with different keys. Sometimes I think I have this… partly. Sometimes I swear that pieces that are in Eb major or minor are yellow, but I figure I music be fouling myself! BTW not all people with perfect pitch have synaesthesia.

    On the original question. I think there is a difference between sound timbre and sound color, and the two are confused because they are often used interchangeably. I understand sound timbre to be something like the sound of the oboe or the sound of clarinet. The two instruments sound different, and the difference is their timbres. A harp specific example might be the difference between regular playing and playing with the nails, or regular playing and harmonics, or regular playing and PDLT.

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