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Living With Perfect Pitch and Synaesthesia

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    LJ Rich, writing on her blog:

    Now, I’d like you to imagine you’re chatting with your conversation partner. But instead of speaking and hearing the words alone, each syllable they utter has a note, sometimes more than one. They speak in tunes and I can sing back their melody. Once I know them a little bit, I can play along to their words as they speak them, accompanying them on the piano as if they’re singing an operatic recitative. They drop a glass on the floor, it plays a particular melody as it hits the tiles. I’ll play that melody back – on a piano, on anything. I can accompany that melody with harmony, chords – or perhaps compose a variation on that melody – develop it into a stupendous symphony filled with strings, or play it back in the style of Chopin, Debussy or Bob Marley. That car horn beeps an F major chord, this kettle’s in A flat, some bedside lights get thrown out because they are out of tune with other appliances. I can play along to every song on the radio whether or not I’ve heard it before, the chord progressions as open to me as if I had the sheet music in front of me. I can play other songs with the same chords and fit them with the song being played. Those bath taps squeak in E, this person sneezes in E flat. That printer’s in D mostly. The microwave is in the same key as the washing machine.

    This is from a few years back, but I just came across it and found it fascinating.

  2. itsallabouttheg


    That was a fascinating read. It must be a beautiful way to move through the world.

    However, I gotta say it... it's her blog (LJ = Laura-Jane).
  3. Fuck. My fault. Will fix ASAP.
  4. surgerone

    Regular Supporter

    Beautiful, and probably overwhelming at times. I'm jealous of how clearly the author says they hear the musical tone of the world around them (like lakes and trees in major keys??)
    sawhney[rusted]2 likes this.
  5. heymynameisjoe

    when the days have no numbers Prestigious

    great read. thanks for sharing.