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An idle question with personal relevance 
27th-Sep-2009 06:35 pm
Hearth
Does anyone else out there process physical sensation as sound?

(Yes, I do. No, I don't think I've talked about it in forbloodyever. Yes, this explains a lot about my sex life.)

(And yes, I'll post about it as I gather my thoughts.)
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27th-Sep-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, and vice versa.
I don't get synesthesias in general but "sound <-> tactile" I do. I think it's helped me be a good dancer.
27th-Sep-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting one.
27th-Sep-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I know some synesthetics (of more than one variety.) I think physical sensation to sound would be a fairly common version.

(sensation to colour is common - I was once told I tasted blue when she kissed me.)
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28th-Sep-2009 07:13 am (UTC)
When I played in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the violas were pretty much surrounded by all the low-pitched instruments; Bass, cellos, tubas and bassoons.

Now that is a full-body experience.
27th-Sep-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, but the other way around. Loud bass usually has a sting or itch to it. It's usually not pleasant (some techno can be), and aside from helping to tell where the subwoofers are at concerts and clubs, it's not particularly useful either.
27th-Sep-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I have a larger problem with the reverse--sound is physical to me.
27th-Sep-2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yes. I can get white noise in my head because of physical sensations. Pain is pretty significant in creating walls of noise in my head, or sharp, sudden not-sounds that still feel like sounds.
27th-Sep-2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I experience physical sensation as color, myself, especially sex-related sensations. I also interpret scent via color and written English via shape/texture—all rather minor, unreliable bits of synethesia but fascinating nonetheless. I don't think sensation to sound would be too uncommon, as these brain quirks go.
27th-Sep-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I mostly run into the reverse - sound as a physical sensation. Then again, sound IS a physical sensation (vibration) so maybe that's not what you meant? But I am extremely sensitive to vibration, be it audible or physical. This may be why I tend to find sound/vibration as a focus sense.
28th-Sep-2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I do physical sensations as written words floating just in front of my eyes... I also get sound, when the physical is positive... I hear strings and opera... "Sual'aria, Che soave zeffiretto," from Le Nozze di Figaro colors do this too, especially peaches and rose twilights...
sound is physical, too much sound results in an overload it feels like someone is holding me down and rubbing my entire body with sandpaper and the friction heats my core until I feel that I will explode... not in a good way.
I really like silence or trees... trees have a nice way of speaking which never produces a bad reaction.

28th-Sep-2009 12:35 am (UTC)
occasionally yes, but more often i experience sound as a physical sensation if that makes any sense - i hear a certain sound, song, series of beats and my brain (and sometimes body) reacts as if i've just danced, played, sang that piece even though i have not moved at all

for some reason sound, especially music, is often the sense that carries the most punch in my brain and memory (if i could figure out how to use that to help my broken memory i would be thrilled - i can't remember the artist, the song, the album, the year, what i was doing when i first heard it or who played it for me, but i can remember every fucking note, beat, word of a song i've only heard once or twice, no matter how much i liked or disliked the music)
28th-Sep-2009 04:26 am (UTC)
This describes me as well. Thanks for the words, honey.
28th-Sep-2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Often. I also taste sounds.
28th-Sep-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Sounds like synaesthesia. :)

I tend to process sound into shape. Sometimes, I taste words (but that's very rare - once or twice).
28th-Sep-2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm rather the other way around. I process sound sometimes as sensation, hue, and even tastes sometimes. I don't think it's full on synaesthesia, but when I write like a experience it -- a yellow little voice, a cat's chocolate purr, and so on, -- my betae tend to fuss about it.
28th-Sep-2009 01:34 am (UTC)
No. I process it (physical sensation) often as emotion though, which may well be a pychological thing. I can 'shut off' my awareness of it - not that it's happening, but I kind of temporarily can tell myself to ignore emotions. It's hard work, not good for me, and I feel kind of empty, but sometimes for me to function it becomes necessary. I'm just a very emotional person I think, as sound also translates almost directly into emotion, regardless of the type of sound.

This really isn't at all what you were talking about, but it started me thinking and the thinking got typed out. I do think it's why music and dance (to music) are so powerful for me though - related to, but not as unique as ineffabelle's comment. Also again, I think it's more psychological and less neurological.
28th-Sep-2009 01:54 am (UTC)
yup! I do. Not all the time, but just when I'm in overload. So sex? yeah. A lot of sexytime is overload.

I just always thought it was kind of an outcropping to the synesthesia I get when I have headaches.
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