Colours in our visible spectrum are the portion of the Electromagnetic field that our physical receptor (the eye) is able to perceive.
(430THz infrared – 790 ultraviolet THz)
Colours like sounds have a wavelength and a frequency.
However, how red is a color red for each one of us?
Here is where perception and conscious experience come in.
Each sound, each color, each stimuli has a specific resonance in each of us that is conditioned by cultural, personal, physiological and environmental and many other factors.
What is ideasthesia?
from WIKI is defined as a phenomenon in which activations of concepts (inducers) evoke perception-like experiences (concurrents).
(e.g.,color of a number-color of a letter etc..)
What is synesthesia?
from WIKI is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. (e.g.,sound of a color)
What is the difference between these 2 phenomena?
Apparently synesthesia is not supposed to work on a cognitive level.
Among previous studies on this subject the more noticeable for my intent is the one known as “Bouba/Kiki effect”. This effect was first observed by German- American psychologist Wolfgang Köhler in 1929. (Psychology of Gestalt)
In 2001 the experiment was repeated and more than 95% of the people agreed with the names. This suggests that sounds has an important role in the construction of meaning and therefore the language.
In Bouba/Kiki experiment the shapes and the sounds were predefined.
In my experiment I will give the user the possibility to draw a shape according to her/his own perception of the sound.
this will allow the user to have more control and will hopefully trigger factors such as self awareness.
What interests me is exploring the 5% and the nuances in the subjective perception of the same sensorial input (sound, color, meaning) and what this means in terms of self- perception.
I also want to explore how this system could be used in art therapy sessions, and how this could help the user to express him/herself.
Useful links and keywords
Auditory phonetics: the study of the reception and perception of speech sounds by the listener.
Phonetics: the study of the sounds of human speech. It is concerned with the physical properties of speech sounds, their physiological production, acoustic properties, auditory perception, and neurophysiological status.
Semantics: the study of meaning, focused on the relation between signifiers and their denotations (i.e., meaning and literal meaning). It involves words, phrases, symbols and signs.
Fundamental References in creative coding:
Messa di voce
by Golan Levin and Zach Lieberman