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06 October 2010 @ 03:45 pm
music, synesthesia  
I, like billions of other people in the world, love music. I love good music and I love bad music, and I love a lot of music in between. I love listening to it, dancing to it, reading to it, fucking to it, driving to it, and laying in the grass staring at the sky to it (among other things.)

One of my favorite things about music, is that it makes me feel new things -p hysical things, that is. Because one of the kinds of synesthesia that I have is sounds getting mixed up into physical sensations.

I was recently listening to the radio and heard OMG, by Usher, and there's a section in the refrain that "sound-feels" the way water feels as you slowly push through the surface tension with dry skin, and it's just friggin' bizarre and awesome.

Yesterday, I was again listening to the radio (pop music is one of my embarrassing weaknesses) and heard Like a G6 for the first time, and whatever the background sound is throughout basically the whole song is like having a trampoline in my torso.

Brains are weird (and awesome).
 
 
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David Policardpolicar on October 6th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
earthling177 talks about this sort of thing a lot; it is very fundamental to his experience of music (to the extent that he will often talk about songs in terms of what sensations/perceptions they evoke for him, which completely displaces any sense of the notes or rhythms or lyrics or, y'know, the actual friggin' song graak graak graak...).

I've had a few isolated experiences along these lines -- there are bits of Jarre's Equinoxe that reliably do this for me, as does Sting's Every Little Thing She Does -- but mostly my brain just doesn't seem to work that way.

I sort of envy it; it sounds cool.
ruthless compassion: iris portraitaroraborealis on October 6th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I love it, and I'm happy with the degree to which it happens for me. I think it could easily become distracting or disorienting to be steeped in sensations that are not well-aligned with the common experience. Some people with synesthesia where they see different letters or words in color (even when printed in black and white), for example, then run into dissonance when, for example, that word or letter is printed in the "wrong" color. I've never had that experience, and it sounds less fun to me!
David Policardpolicar on October 6th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I think it could easily become distracting or disorienting to be steeped in sensations that are not well-aligned with the common experience.

Heh. Sing it, sister.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on October 6th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's wonderful. Also, funny, because I was *just today* sitting around making a playlist of songs that make me feel things. :) You should do it too! I want to hear it!
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on October 6th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, good idea! I'll show you mine if etc etc.
... in a handbasket: Dubious hephalumpinahandbasket on October 6th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
/me gets the popcorn
sol3sol3 on October 6th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I love songs that make me have physical reactions of various sorts, whether it's buzzing skin, a slight spinning or motion sensation or what not.

There are some artists who are on permanent banning from my car due to their tendency to completely overtake my visual field with the music - I don't recommend that while driving :)