Saturday, April 23, 2011

If Listening to Bach Were Like Eating a Cheeseburger

Elisabeth Sulser hears individual notes and even letter sounds as visualized technicolor ribbons floating in her field of vision. Her interconnectedness of senses extends beyond sound and sight, affecting her sense of taste. She perceives tonal differences separated by less than an octave as taste. "A minor second “tastes” sour; a minor third, salty; a major third, sweet; and a fifth like a glass of water. A minor sixth tastes like whipping cream, a major sixth like half-and-half; a minor seventh is bitter, similar to a major second; and a major seventh is sour, like a minor second."

Below are some of Elisabeth's drawings of her multi-sensory experiences with music. The first drawing is inspired by Bach and the second is from A Dream by John Dowland.

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