by Susana Alarcon
Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which the stimulation on sense leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sense. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes and it is described as a rare condition (error) in the brain connections.
People can hear or smell or count colors, see sounds and make a mix and relate words, numbers, colors, … so what is it an error (or not) in the way the brain connects the senses to perceive reality. If it is an error, then the connection may be a natural brain human condition. It is like a type of synchresis without the two parts.
If it is an error then, why when I say imagine how does the sound “kaka” looks like and now imagine how does “bob” looks like you imagine something like…
VV and then something like O (it is all I can do with the keyboard, use your imagination)
I don’t have the links of the studies I looked at, but this topic was the base of a project that I’m currently working on Interaction design subject, and though some connections are strange and different in people around the world, others seem to be imprinted in humans brain no matter geography, age or traditions.
May the people (sound designers) that explode better media experience with the accurate sounds be the ones that understand better (even not very conscious) the natural brain connections of humans, or we just tend to embrace it if it is entertaining?