Music, colors, and emotion

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  • #28377
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    quintusvw
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    I like to think of music as showing color and emotion…very much like art. How do you experience music?

    I guess this is a rather open ended question, but giving your view on the smallest (tones, intervals,etc) to more complex things (ensembles, progressiosn, etc.) would be interesting.

    #28388
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    Music definitely exudes emotion. I think that’s the whole point of it. It conveys a feeling the composer has & also is capable of invoking it in listeners.

    I know when I play, I major goal of mine is to play each with feeling, rather than just going through the motion of playing notes.

    I tend to gravitate to minor sounds a lot, & a lot of VI chords used in progressions.

    #28390
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    Speaking of which…I once sat behind a keyboard and just played what I felt…with out really knowing anything about playing the instrument.

    Using the minor is such an incredible power…especially with a four chord progression. It can play the strings of your heart :).

    #28394
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    @quintusvw Most definitely. I love the feeling & the sound from that.

    #28403
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    Now tell me; do you use this emotion and color to determine (basically like using an analogy) a piece of music?

    #28406
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    @quintusvw I don’t understand what you mean. I gravitate toward songs with that type of sound & feel, I guess. And I like to use them as passing tones, & in improv.

    #28416
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    It’s interesting to note this, because emotion and feelings are everything to me, but there is also something else I think. Ere is an intellectual realm that can be opened as well that is pure imagination. If that involves emotion or not I don’t know.

    #28425
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    @alexx I’m sorry. What I was trying to get to is whether you see certain parts of music as a color or a certain interval as sad etc?

    #28435
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    @quintusvw I think everyone sees intervals & certain chord progressions as ways to express a mood in music. They’re ways of getting the audience to follow along where you’re going, OR to get the audience where you want them to be. Especially if there are no vocals, it’s all you’ve got.

    @zeitaliesin I’m not sure what ere is. Can’t find a definition for it.

    #28442
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    @allex You certainly are right with that. I’m trying to find a way to express how I see certain music components…in a more general way.

    Is that making sense :)

    #28451
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    Music definitely exudes emotion. I think that’s the whole point of it.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this! I think *well written* music (with or without lyrics) should have basically the sole purpose of making you feel something emotionally.

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    @quintusvw I get the part about emotions and feelings riveting as per the music but what has intrigued me is when you said that you associate it with colours. I have heard some musician friends say that they associate each note with a specific colour. Do you visualise it the same way? Can one teach themselves to visualise music in colours or is it just something that some people have and others do not?

    #28460
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    @mezzo How delightful. Yes, music does have a bit more than just sound to me. Concerning the architecture of these paintings…I’m still trying to find a way to describe it.

    Learning it…I have no idea.

    #28462
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    @mezzo I’ve heard that too, mostly in regard to blind musicians though. Not sure that’s something that can be learned, it seems like it would be pretty innate.

    #28463
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    Not sure that’s something that can be learned, it seems like it would be pretty innate.

    I hope this comes across in a humble way but could you please explain?

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