Seeing colors in music

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  1. EllroyJames

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    I’m glad someone posted about this. I know a handful of people who organize pitch by the color they associate it with. What is interesting is these colors are different from person to person.

    I can’t say I really think of it from pitch to pitch but I consistently associate the sounds of certain chords with the same colors. These colors come to mind when I hear these chords.

    d minor - orange
    A major - red
    G major - green
    a minor - brown
    C major - silver/purple
    e minor - pale blue
    f# minor - darker red
    E major - darker blue.

    I know this sounds stupid and really pretentious. It’s not something I try to think about or has any kind of advantage but it’s weird, it’s always what I picture when I hear a chord or keys of certain songs. I would be interested if any of you guys have similarities or differences to these colors or what you guys think about.
     
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    My darn Default Mode Network works too well so my colors are kept separate from sound.


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    I'm glad I'm not the only one. For me, C=white, G=green, F=red, E=yellow, D=brown, A=black, B=blue
     
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    Wasn't there a lot written about this in The 80's & 90's?
    And some instructional stuff too...?

    I remember I think it was the late Emily Remler - who could play circles around most of us being really into color tones and improvising Jazz.
     
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    Music (not sound) and visible light occupy almost exactly the same amount of space at different points on the spectrum of vibration waves. So, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, equal do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, & ti. You can look it up on a chart of vibration wave frequencies.

    It's fascinating stuff.
     
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    Jon Anderson once asked a band member to play something orange .
     
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    For me - shapes and patterns. I’ve always “seen” songs.
     
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    Thats also the sequence of colors in a rainbow! That's pretty crazy!
     
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    I see mathematical patterns in music. I learnt theory at age ten (10) and am now 63.
    All music is Mathematical and the relationships between notes, notes in chords, chords and other chords, timing, you name it, it's highly Mathematical.
    Most musicians would make good Mathematicians. Einstein was apparently quite a good violinist.
    Brian May is a Dr. of Astro-Physics, so too is a pianist here, Don Walker, from a band called Cold Chisel. He worked in defense research and development before being in Australia's bigger bands. Skunk Baxter also. Consultant in defense science.
     
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    I agree and Skunk is the man !
     
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    I hear colours when I hear music, but they are indistinct, no 1:1 relationships.
     
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    Miles Davis’ album ‘Aura’ is based on colours and the letters of his name.
     
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    Late 60’s I used to play around with light shows. Castle Lightning had what was called a color organ. Any speaker output went in to trigger lights in 3 spectrums. Blue for bass, green for the mids, red for the highs. Had a lot of fun and made a little cash doing it.
     
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    Aaah the old days....late 60s - early 70s. When you could see the music and hear the colors you had enough. :)
     
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