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31 May 2011 @ 03:22 pm
voicesthesia  
Do singers' voices ever make you think of other sensory experiences? For example, people often describe lounge singers' voices as smokey; do it literally call to mind smoke to you? (Or something else?)

For example, for me, listening to Tracey Thorn's (of Everything But the Girl) voice is like licking an ice cream cone, and Crooked Still's vocalist Aoife O'Donovan's voice is like silk on skin.
 
 
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David Policardpolicar on May 31st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Not in a literally synesthetic way, but a lot of singers' voices make me imagine touch of various sorts, ranging from sensual to painful to blade-so-sharp-it-doesn't-hurt (there oughta be a word for that).

born from jets!!!: singcatness on May 31st, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhh, yes. The best voices to listen to, IMO, have a really amazing texture. But I can't always tell what. For instance, I can't decide if Suzanne Vega is velvet or butter. Velvet Butter?

All my favorite voices are round.

Some of the really good ones are rocky/gravelly.

Some baritones make me think of hot chocolate or hot fudge.

Voices with uneven texture can sometimes fascinate me but often bother me.

I generally don't want to listen to singers whose voices remind me of the clarity of a bell ringing, although I admire their sound.

I could write about this for hours, listing every singer I like and why and how they invite comparisons to the non-aural senses. But I won't bore anybody with that. :)
metagnatmetagnat on May 31st, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Voices do evoke things. I like dark, heavy rich & thick voices - like molasses. Bright clear voices like crisp, cold fruit juice.

Hm. Most of mine seem to be food or fabric- related.
whynotkaywhynotkay on May 31st, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I think they do not. I want your mind (at least for a bit, to see what it's like).
Mizarchivist: Genericmizarchivist on June 1st, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes.
(apparently I'm more tired than I thought because elaboration is too much. I like catness's answer. Of course)
Keys and locks, roots and branchesomnia_mutantur on June 1st, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes.

There's petting-the-cat-the-wrong way voices and cut-grass voices and warm-blanket voices and papercut voices and bonebruise voices.

Like other commenter, I could talk about this forever.