yukie1013: (keyhole)
Probably this phenomenon isn't exactly rare but not everyone has the attention tweaks of my brain so they might not notice.

Sometimes it's scent-and-taste-have-a-colour with me. Sometimes it's sound-has-a-shape.

...Lombardy poplar trees smell like the colour Sap Green. (To the non-artskankiferous of us that's kind of an olivey colour but with less brown in.) They really do. every time I smell them, my mind's eye gives me an image of that colour. Yellow-burnt sienna-green, sap green. It fades in and out from yellow, too, which intrigues my pants off.

There are other smells that do this to me, too. Cilantro smells green and 'pointy'. Like, too bright on my mind's eye, and it tastes the same? If a colour could have a pepper flavour to it, cilantro is green with too much pepper on it. Almost this colour but - not? It's not as luminous. But it's not dull either.

My brain's colours are outside a RGB display gamut.

Parsley tastes the same colour green as it is.

Sounds do things to me too. A violin makes the shape of a sort of thin shimmery diagonal line in my mind. It's pale-gold and luminous. think of how a spiderweb looks in a flashlight, then increase the contrast so you have that thread against a pure black backdrop of eyelids. More violins make more lines. Pachelbel's canon gives me a forest of them.

'Whiny' violin tones or out of tune string instruments make the wrong 'angle' and annoy the piss out of me. Trumpets at a particular pitch and volume are too strident and for whatever reason they make me squinch my face up like I ate a lemon when they hit it. it sounds like - pointy? And it feels like the point's trying to crawl into my retina wtf. it's not as storng an image as violons are. Or pipe organs. I can't - it's hard to describe some of the effects. Violins have the strongest image. Organs sort of vibrate violet-red at the periphery of my mind's eye and arch up or down or around depending on the notes being played. Chords make the colour advance or recedew but...not? Oh jeez, this is hard to describe.

And the THX noise has a very specific 'FUCKING STUPID SHAPE' effect on me. I can't even DRAW the thing. I'd need, like, a canvas shaped like a planetarium dome. And some annoying-ass colour of marker. Or something.

This sounds cracky. But it intrigues the heck out of me.

For an example of what synaesthetic sound -> picture can look like, Begone Dull Care by Normal McLaren of the NFB is a good example. His Blinkity Blank is just as good, though it's much more pictorial. When i first saw Begone it was in my Colour Science class, and we were discussing synaesthesia. They figure Norm had it going on. Some of the ways he 'sees sounds' look like the way I see them, but some of them were off my 'model' and I had to close my eyes because the pairing-off wasn't 'there' in my head and it annoyed me. he does use a lot of different shakes, but there are common 'categories' of shape=noise that you can find.

if you look on YouTube someone's put it up there, but it's hella grainy, I warn you. The effect's diminished by that. Seeing it in a dark classroom, projected BIG on a wall screen in glorious brilliant colour, is - wow. I love the NFB.

Someday I'll go to the NBF building in Toronto and watch Begone again. And The Sand Castle and - yes. everything I remember from my kidhood.

Anyhow - do any of you guys get an effect like this too? They figure that one in twenty-three people has some kind of synaesthetic inclination. Maybe it's more, maybe less.

I know I'm not teh spetchul for experiencing this, blah blah, bite a zit annoyingpeople. I'm jsut - yeah. I think this phenomenon is cool and I wonder who else I know on LJ has something like this going on.

Jeen yuss

Jul. 17th, 2007 11:59 pm
yukie1013: (EXCELLENT CRACK)
Being one of the gifto kids who done grown up (physically at least) and having ADHD at the same time means that, on occasion, I come up with these brilliant and novel ways to pwn myself.

Like just now.

I went to brush my teeth and we've two kinds of toothpaste in the cabinet: sensitive teeth care (yep) and enamel care (ooh, can't hurt).

So I mixed 'em. Why not? Toothpaste is toothpaste and it's not as if it's got TNT and gunpowder in it. Or sodium and water. Or nanites. Or your mom.

It made kind of a pretty colour combo. Aquafresh-pink-and-green with Arm-and-hammer royal blue.

So I admired it then went 'oh yeah. die plaque!' and jammed the brush in my mouth and scrubbed like a mofo and told the watching cat I had rabies and was amused.

And then...

...Yeah, that - it wasn't a STUPID idea? But it was a special one. No, my tongue did not explode but - wow.

I mean. Wow.

The menthol. THE MENTHOL!

Wow.

Every time I breathe in, a thin coating of frost forms over my tonsils. XD

Badass.

I should do this again.

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