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|I'm trying to find an information about sound-color relations. One of most commonly system used - associates C with red, D with orange, E with yellow and so on.
My question here is: Where from this system of associations came from? When and where it was created?
I know other systems of color-sound tuning (like the one, based on octaves, where C is green if you follow up the frequency), and I'd like to know if this one - is a symbolic one, or if it has a deeper (pysiological? philosophical?) background.
Whoever I ask - nobody knows, but all of them - use this association scale. Can you help?
And I'd like also to know if there are other "technical" association systems.
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I don't think the color/note correlation can be pin-pointed in such a definite manner ...
1- because the western system of notation is fixed to the A=440hz while in the Indian system you can play a "C" starting at any frequency as long as the consecutive notes are arranged along the same intervals. Meaning that it's not the frequency that matters but the position of the note within the scale. So in effect you can play "RED" at any freq. I think that the desire to pinpoint a note/color to a number that a machine can somehow determine is a very western-mindset attitude, and music/color/art might or might not be subject to this kind of need to "fix" things with numbers.
Ok more simply put, I see sounds since am a kid, actually I would see colors for pain too. I would tell my mom it hurts yellow-brown for an indisgestion. Cuts feel more like red with white/silver highlights on it :). And to come back to the topic, I think that the actual colour of a note is in accordance with its position in a scale, not it's freq... If not it would mean that C major starts by red but D majors starts by orange (or whatever) ? Doesn't make sense... And any sinestetic (sinestesia) person will tell you that... :)
2- It's not just about pitch/freq of the fundamental (which is how we define a note) . As you all know here, a note contains all the notes in it through its harmonics, this means that a note (whatever color you want to assign to it) also contains the whole rainbow , right ? So my point here is to say that depending on how you play a note (a C let's say) you can make it lean toward any color given which harmonics you favor in the way you produce it... Especially with bowed strings where it is the easiest ... then winds, then plucked strings where it is the hardest to change the colour of a note...
Ok that was just to say, that this colors/notes relationship is great and real but it is really personnal and too subtle to pinpoint in a scientific way, like C=X Hz ......
My two cents ...
(Btw 2cents is blue ;)