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Ghostof
03-03-2005, 03:37 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/03/03/taste.sounds.reut/index.html


LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Music can be a mouth-watering experience for one Swiss musician who "tastes" combinations of notes as distinct flavors, according to a report in the science journal Nature.

The 27-year-old woman known as E.S. is a synaesthete, someone who experiences sensation in more than one sense from the same stimulation, researchers said on Wednesday.

When E.S. hears tone intervals, the difference in pitch between two tones, she not only can see the musical notes as different colors but can taste the sounds.

"This is a special case of a musician who, when she hears tone intervals, she has a perception of a taste of a tone," said psychologist Michaela Esslen, of the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

"She doesn't imagine the taste, she really tastes it."

The case of E.S. reported in Nature is exceptional because seeing letters or digits in a certain color is more common in synaesthesia. It may also involve seeing a musical tone as a color.

But E.S. sees the colors and depending on the tone intervals a symphony could be bittersweet, salty, sour or creamy.

"Whenever she hears a specific musical interval, she automatically experiences a taste on her tongue that is consistently linked to that particular interval," the scientists said in the journal.

They tested E.S.'s ability by applying solutions tasting sour, bitter, salty or sweet to her tongue and asking her to identify the tone intervals, a difficult task that requires musical training.

When the applied tastes corresponded with the intervals she was able to identify them quicker than other musicians.

"We found that E.S.'s tone-interval identification was perfect," the researchers said.
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Insert "skin flute" joke here . . .

jcroft
03-03-2005, 03:40 PM
Fascinating. I suppose it really sucks when she's in the club and a song she doesn't like comes on.

Pants
03-03-2005, 03:41 PM
Ever heard of Synesthesia? :rolleyes:

Some people can tatse colors, some see colors and textures in numbers and all the crazy shit.

jcroft
03-03-2005, 03:42 PM
Did you read the article?

"The case of E.S. reported in Nature is exceptional because seeing letters or digits in a certain color is more common in synaesthesia. It may also involve seeing a musical tone as a color."

seclark
03-03-2005, 03:42 PM
i bet a yoko ono song tastes like a dogs ass.

Pants
03-03-2005, 03:43 PM
Did you read the article?


LOL, no, just skimmed it.

el borracho
03-03-2005, 03:55 PM
Does this only happen when she is playing the skin flute?

Phobia
03-03-2005, 04:14 PM
I'll bet she can get wasted off two Pina Colodas....

jcroft
03-03-2005, 04:16 PM
I'll bet she can get wasted off two Pina Colodas....

Yeah, but that's not as much fun as what happens to hear when she hears a diminished seventh chord.