John Silliman Dodge

Synesthesia

"Seeing music in colors" is one of the better known examples of synthesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which one of the senses jumps its pathway and triggers a second sense. While the video below isn't exactly that, it is a brilliant multisensory display of music accompanied by a unique graphical score.

The software program is called the Music Animation Machine, invented in 1985 by Stephen Malinowski, who goes by the online handle Smalin. In a brief YouTube conversation with him, I was amazed to learn that no major musical instrument, software, or recording software maker had discovered this program and wanted to partner with him to market it. The possibilities for both education and entertainment seem limitless to me!

Check out this piece called "Cumba-Quín" by Carlos Rafael Rivera performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.   -JD

 

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