When I look at this image, I hear a
vibrato. How? From the shape of the bridge. The colors influence the
sound I hear because they are responsible for the instruments that
might produce the sound of the vibrato -- browns typically produce a lower register
sound like cello -- but what would happen if I took away the colors? What would I hear then?
I would still recognize a vibrato because that
shape can have no other meaning; but without the colors, the image
would become a symbol that means vibrato but does not automatically sound like one. That is, I might not hear it, but I would still know it. Does that make sense?
In other words, I could
put the image on sheet music and use it as a musical notation for
vibrato, but would I still hear what I hear now? Or, since I saw the
image originally with color, would
I still hear it the same way, just from the memory of the color?
happened when I experimented and made the image black-and-white. I saw
the shape, knew it was vibrato, and then added the sound from memory
of the color which was the extra step necessary to convert the symbol back into the
experience it represents.
Could this explain what happens to people
who are deaf but were once able to hear? Is this how colors work for
synesthetes who see letters with color, do they supply the colors from
Whatever the answer is, it
points to the importance of Memory in the Synesthetic experience, and
it also underlines what I already figured out: that pictures travel