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It's called synesthesia, and apparently it's a real thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

I really kind of wish I had that.

Other people associate colors with other things, such as a day of the week, for instance. So if you ask, "what color is Wednesday?", they will say "brown", or "green", or whatever. But the thing is, they believe it.
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MABBY wrote:
they believe it.


No, they experience it.
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I've got the thing where I can pick out a tune "by ear" on a piano, or a guitar, or even instruments I've never played before. My fingers just kind of "know where to go". I have a special feel for intervals between the notes. An example:

I was helping my wife-to-be move in with me, and I spotted a small box with a handle amongst her stuff. "What's that?" I asked.
"A clarinet."
"Oh! You play?"
"I played in the high school band, but I haven't played it in 20 years I'll bet."
"Cool!! Show me!!"

So she puts all of the sections together, sucks on a reed for a while and attaches that to the mouthpiece. She does a simple scale and barely lets out a false squeak. Impressive.
"Lemme try!"
I get some pointers, and have quite a few false starts before I get a proper tone. Then I play the entire song "Twinkle twinkle little star", without a mistake.

Like I said, my fingers just went to the right holes.
It blew her mind. And she struggled to do the same thing afterward.
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Drew1365 wrote:
I have the one where periods of time have a shape.

Weeks are paper loops with the weekdays on the inside and the weekends on the outside.

Years are similar, but the most of the year is on the outside with maybe just the last week of December and the first week of January on the verge of being inside.


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Weird. I thought I was the only one that visualized time as paper loops.
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Drew1365 wrote:
I have the one where periods of time have a shape.

Weeks are paper loops with the weekdays on the inside and the weekends on the outside.

Years are similar, but the most of the year is on the outside with maybe just the last week of December and the first week of January on the verge of being inside.

2 is yellow. 3 is reddish orange. 4 is blue. 5 is green. 6 is orange. 7 is purple.

These things shift a bit. I think 5 was red a couple years ago.

Some music goes left to right, some goes right to left.


I have this to. There is debate as to whether this is actually synesthesia. I think for me, I just have an innate understanding of objects in space and spacial relations and somewhere along the line I decided to perceive time using that model. The shapes or ribbons I see are not so different than perceiving time with a calendar or clock face.

Where synesthesia is two normally unique parts of the brain somehow firing together, time/space perception seems more like a self-constructed model to help grasp an abstract concept.

Maybe, I dunno.
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As Lisa Simpson said after drinking the hallucinogenic water at Duff Gardens, "I can see the music!"

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MABBY wrote:
It's called synesthesia, and apparently it's a real thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

I really kind of wish I had that.

Other people associate colors with other things, such as a day of the week, for instance. So if you ask, "what color is Wednesday?", they will say "brown", or "green", or whatever. But the thing is, they believe it.


Acctually words with music and some other intresting stuff.

edit:

It also can be an indicator of Autism-Spectrum stuff
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I've never experienced this, but I remember first learning of this phenomenom when Miles Davis used to describe seeing colors in the music he played.
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MABBY wrote:
Then I play the entire song "Twinkle twinkle little star", without a mistake.

People like you make me sick. I have very little musical talent and would love to have this ability.
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Drew1365 wrote:
I have the one where periods of time have a shape.

Weeks are paper loops with the weekdays on the inside and the weekends on the outside.


Are they Möbius strips, so that time moves continuously along the surface and repeat after two rounds?

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2 is yellow. 3 is reddish orange. 4 is blue. 5 is green. 6 is orange. 7 is purple.

These things shift a bit. I think 5 was red a couple years ago.


I hope you never took up assembling discrete component electronic circuits as a hobby – it must have been a pain to internalise a different mapping between numbers and colours for resistor markings. After doing this for years, the mapping becomes second nature, but never to the degree that numbers ever induces the sensation of colour.


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Some music goes left to right, some goes right to left.


That's normal. It's called "stereo" whistle
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MABBY wrote:
Then I play the entire song "Twinkle twinkle little star", without a mistake.

People like you make me sick. I have very little musical talent and would love to have this ability.


I have found after playing guitar for a year and a half. Which is the first musical instrument I have ever tried to learn. This would be a handy skill to have. I would like to be able to listen to a song, and "figure out" how to play it.

My guitar teacher can do this. I need some easy songs to practice on. Single note melodies and stuff I guess.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/07/30/sense...

Rare, but synesthesia can be acquired.
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I always see colors when I have my eyes open, regardless of whether I hear music or not. Is there a name for that?
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I plan a lot of events, and when putting a timetable together I see it as a series of shapes, sometimes simple, sometimes complex. I know what shapes fit together well and which ones should be kept apart. I also have an idea of what the overall shape of the event is before I start, then fit things into that.

And it's not that I've viewing a graph of the energy or interaction levels of a particular session. Input from a speaker is a square wave, relaxed discussion is shallow curves, a plenary is ribbons gathering together. Some make a kind of conceptual sense, others don't seem to have any meaning, just a direct association.

The one I really wish I had is the ability to see numbers as a physical object or as a particular point in space.
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I see colours when I see figures; for example, 9 is orange, 5 is dark blue, 2 is bright pink, etc.

I also see colours when I listen to music. Not always. It depends on the music, it depends on my mood.

EDIT: when I was younger, around 10 years old, at night with my eyes closed, shapes would materialize and I'd "feel" textures, like fur, or rough fabric, depending on the shape. I'd call it a "morpho-sensory experience". That hasn't happened in a while now, shame, it was fun.
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I don't see colors when I listen to music, but I see hot ladies. I am not sure if it is my imagination or not...but I guess that depends if I am at home or the strip joint that night.....
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I had a student last year in class who had real synesthesia, which happened as the result of severe case of mold exposure which also caused her intermittent anterograde amnesia (an inability to create new memories.) Her specific version of it was a blurring of COLOR and TASTE, so she would see some colors as bitter, some as sweet, some as sour, and some as vomity even.
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