When You Think Song, Do You Also ‘Throw Shade’?


There is a study out that suggests that when we listen to music we associate color to the notes of the song.

The Huffington Post cites a study that was done at the University of California-Berkeley, spearheaded by Stephen Palmer, that suggests that we, as humans are “…hardwired to associate anything from Mozart to Mumford & Sons with a particular hue from the color spectrum”

It seems as of all songs, whether they be classics, classical or even hip hop songs, all have a color that we think of when we hear it. We also attach an emotion to that song as well as that color.

The Huffington Post further stated that: “The study — which prompted 100 participants from the U.S. and Mexico to match classical songs with a list of 37 colors — goes on to state that subjects tended to link the same classical compositions with the same colors regardless of their native country, insinuating that humans might share a “common emotional palette” that can cross cultural barriers. Examples of popular music-color matching were Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major with bright yellow and orange and his (less cheery) Requiem in D Minor with dark, bluish gray.”

“Synesthesia”, which means “a union of the senses” envelopes a similar concept. One sees not only colors but shapes when music is played.

As a former pianist, I can relate. When I would hear my piano teacher play a particular song, I would close my eyes and see colors as well as shapes. What colors do you see when you hear your favorite song? Click here to read more.

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