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Where Am I? Music Sound to Spatial Coordinates Synaesthesia


Skye sees himself at a different location when hearing a different rhythm or music note. For example, Baladi makes him feel like he is at a tropical zoo with dinosaurs. His favourite rhythm 8bear 2 places him at Northern Antarctic whilst Dixie and Adani send him to Ireland and United Emirates respectively. This rare synaesthesia form is called Musical Sounds -> Spatial Coordinates Synaesthesia.

Sometimes, those unique perceptions can sound quite amusing. The Broadway rhythm makes him feel that he is on a motorbike with a stranger about to take off. When he hears Salsa, he can see himself in Jamaica making some sort of portable football ground with all spectators watching him and wondering what this portable thing will look like. What about Cha Cha? Oh, he experiences himself in the middle of nowhere, appearing in a dream, with everyone doing a Cha Cha dance. But sometimes he has the sensation of rushing out to get his camera and starting filming people doing the Cha Cha dancing.

In general, synaesthetes are particularly good at things to which they have synaesthetic responses. Musicians like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder have sound synaesthesia. Physicist Richard Feynman experienced synaesthesia in equations, and author Vladimir Nabokov perceived letters and words in colour.

Skye is very musical like his dad. His extensive synaesthetic perception towards music has given him some considerable advantage over other children. Two weeks after his first music lesson learning music notes, he has already mastered them.

His spatial responses to music notes are just as amusing. His favourite note A1 gives rise to a spatial feeling of being at school doing Maths. C2 gives him a sensation of doing Maths and drawing a jaguar triangle at the same time. The note G6 really stands out and makes him feel like he is peddling a bike on a street trying to get a newspaper. C#5 sends him to Stuttgart. What is he doing there? He is driving a car on a rainy day and busy wiping the windscreen with his hand.

If you like this story, you can read a related story “Locations of Characters“.


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