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The Hearing Glass: Synaesthetic Correspondences in The Musical Practice

This research aims to explore the artistic uses of inter-sensory metaphors regarding visual colour and sound in interdisciplinary art creation, and to improve the musical performance practice through an exploration of synaesthesia and the connection between colour-based and musical perceptions. Synaesthesia is a neurological condition where a person can, for example, involuntarily see a certain colour upon hearing a note. Scientific evidence suggests that preferences for pairing up certain colours with aspects of music might be hardwired in our brain in a similar fashion. The artistic applications of this have not been extensively researched yet.
The research will be undertaken in consultation with people who have expertise in neuroscience and the arts, through the study of colour-sound use in music, experiments on cognitive and artistic effects of colour elements on musical performance, and analysis of selected works. The output will consist of a dissertation, software tools to integrate inter-sensory principles into musical practice, workshops, and the creation of an audiovisual work showcasing such principles.

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