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#1 Entre_Perpetuo

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 03:34 PM

I was listening to Slayer as I was going to sleep the other night, and as I was drifting off I began imagining more and more vivid shapes and forms which seemed to somehow match the sounds I was hearing, and they would change and move as the sounds did. I think because I was going to sleep I could really hone in on this effect of music, but I also think it's something that sits in my subconscious a lot. Listening to something will often spur a sense of place or environment in the listener from what I can tell. As a student of architecture I find this really interesting as it shows some kind of subconscious connection and relationship between the visual and audible arts at a really basic level. Just sounds influencing forms, nothing as thought out and constructed as say the score of a film conversing with the images on screen.

Have you ever experienced anything like this, a kind of visualization of sounds?

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 03:46 PM

Yes, all the time -- although less as shapes than as tones of light or colors.

I'd be careful about listening to Slayer at bedtime, though!

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 03:59 PM

chromesthesia or sound-to-color synesthesia

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 04:02 PM

Yes.

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 04:02 PM



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Posted 07 May 2020 - 04:49 PM

Yes. Pretty frequently.

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 06:19 PM

Yes, most of the time.

Did listening to Slayer before you fell asleep give you any nightmares?

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 06:21 PM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 07 May 2020 - 06:19 PM, said:

Yes, most of the time.

Did listening to Slayer before you fell asleep give you any nightmares?

Nope! Actually they're surprisingly easy to fall asleep to, I think because they don't play with dynamics that much, so eventually they just kind of read as white noise.

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 08:32 PM

Death metal is an asymmetrical polygon that seems interesting at first glance. But on further inspection it's not much to look at so I get bored and walk away.

J-pop music is a tiny, very faint pink, transparent cube that fits on the tip of my index finger. I try to flick it away but the shit box keeps coming back and attaching itself to that index finger.

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 08:35 PM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 07 May 2020 - 08:32 PM, said:

Death metal is an asymmetrical polygon that seems interesting at first glance. But on further inspection it's not much to look at so I get bored and walk away.

J-pop music is a tiny, very faint pink, transparent cube that fits on the tip of my index finger. I try to flick it away but the shit box keeps coming back and attaching itself to that index finger.
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Posted 07 May 2020 - 08:41 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 07 May 2020 - 08:35 PM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 07 May 2020 - 08:32 PM, said:

Death metal is an asymmetrical polygon that seems interesting at first glance. But on further inspection it's not much to look at so I get bored and walk away.

J-pop music is a tiny, very faint pink, transparent cube that fits on the tip of my index finger. I try to flick it away but the shit box keeps coming back and attaching itself to that index finger.
lol

The short answer is 'yes'. :P

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Posted 07 May 2020 - 11:02 PM

... under the influence or not under the influence?

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 12:30 AM

View PostTinwoodsman, on 07 May 2020 - 11:02 PM, said:

... under the influence or not under the influence?

yeah, I was about to say, this is a psychedelic thing. when I listen to music I usually just picture what the band might look like playing it, or the album cover

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 02:15 AM

Rush made a lot of cinematic music. It's always been easy for me to see what Neil's lyrics are saying.


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