Talk:Clavier à lumières

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von Goethe[edit]

Interesting piece. I read somewhere that was first who research correlation between colors and sounds Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Anyone knows anything about this topic? --Popski 07:43, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Does this prove anything?[edit]

"When the notes are ordered by the circle of fifths, the colours are in order of a spectrum, indicating that he did not experience the physiological condition of synesthesia,..."

How does the fact that the colors form a spectrum have anything to do with whether S. was a synaesthesist or not? An increasing number of accidentals would mean an increase in harmonic tension (not in Equal Temperament, of course, which wasn't in use until 1917), which could well lead to a synaesthetic correlation. Please explain. -- megA (talk) 18:08, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

I think that it seems to many people that such an orderly system of color-key relationships indicates an analytically arrived at association, rather than the automatic associations synesthetes experience. Your accidentals explanation doesn't really hold up as Scriabin apparently experienced these associations without regard to major vs minor tonality -- so, for example, he associated E flat major and minor both with the same color, even though the minor mode has far more accidentals (see Alexander Scriabin article). However, I agree that this doesn't really prove anything -- astonishingly analytical systems can arise out of "intuition" -- and suggest therefore that this be changed to read something like "When the notes are ordered by the circle of fifths, the colours are in order of a spectrum; this suggests to some that Scriabin did not experience the physiological condition of synesthesia." JeanneShade (talk) 22:49, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Quite a few musicians with synaesthesia have published their pitch-associated colours, and none AFAIK is an orderly system at all, let alone this orderly. (talk) 10:07, 8 February 2012 (UTC)