The Color of Music

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25 November 2015

Postponed to the next academic year 2016/2017

Data: Rinviato al prossimo anno accademico 2016/2017

Vibrations and Synaesthesia between Colors and Music.

“Color is a means that allows you to exert a direct influence on the soul. Color is the key, the eye, the hammer, the soul, the piano with many strings. The artist is a hand that touching this or that key vibrates the human soul … “[Kandinskj]

For Kandinsky, colors were like sounds to be painted on canvas. He wanted his paintings to be “heard” as one listens to a symphony. Synesthesia is a rare phenomenon, found among a few people. In these people the perceptions that come from two or more senses are mixed with each other.

The term synaesthesia derives from the Greek syn = union and aisthesis = sensation, that is: to perceive together.

The perceptual phenomenon of synaesthesia places a synaesthetic into questioning reality and receiving information about it in a different way from an ordinary person.

Over the centuries this phenomenon has been the focus of in-depth studies by writers, poets, scientists, musicians and painters.

Kandinskj, recognized as the forefather of abstract art, felt the need to understand synaesthesia and to draw an artistic idea from it, studying and exploring the relationships between sound and color until he adopted musical terms to describe his works, defining them as “compositions” and “improvisations”.

Among the greatest geniuses of music, it seems that Mozart was synaesthetic and therefore had the sensory ability to see the color of the notes together with their sound.