Synästhesie, Musikvisualisierung

In his book 'The man who tasted shapes', Richard E. Cytowich - a physician specialized in the field of nevrology - presents a lively written history and phenology of synesthesia.

His book starts with his memories of technology-witnessing medical advisory [relying on outputs of machines] he had experienced during his job trainings.

In a second chapter, the author gives an account of historical studies on synesthetic perception. The biographic information on a handful of composers is a very interesting indicator of factors influencing musical or in general artistic expression.

In the course of the book, two discoveries of personally-known synesthetes are presented. The first one led Cytowic to Michael Watson, his neighbour, who has experienced sensory interference conciously since his youth time. He remembers scenes at school where the others viewed him as 'being nuts', when he unintentionally told them about his perceptions. M. encounters synesthesia mainly during cooking. While he tastes the outcome of preparing a meal, the flavours form abstract coloured shapes of different kinds in front of his eyes. As it will be stated later by the author, synestesia practically seems to resemble an outside-of-the-body experience.

to be continued...

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Erstellt am 16. 12. 2007,