Synesthesia and KS music

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Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Minister of Gloom » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:38 pm

There is, as I am sure we all know, a medical condition thus called, but even if you aren't one of those people who can literally taste the rainbow, all humans have a measure of association which isn't necessarily based on logic of certain feelings with others. Some sights bring a taste to your mouth, some sounds make you imagine a feeling at the ends of your fingertips.
For many people, or so at least I have heard, music is a powerful sort of such a feeling which has associations all across their five senses. Especially fine music.
I don't think we can argue that most of the KS soundtrack is of excellent quality.
I am asking you this, then: while listening to certain parts of the soundtrack, what do you feel? Emotionally, perhaps, but "physically", too.
The five main "character themes", for example. What do you see, with your eyes closed, when you listen to "Concord"? What do you smell with "The Student Council"?

A strange topic, I know. I was just playing through the game again when the thought occurred to me.

Feel free to post or not to post, I guess.

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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Shades of gray » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:44 pm

oddly enough, whenever I listen to Parity or Passing of Time, it relaxs me, Concorde makes my fingers feel hot.

thats about it really...

Interestingly, sound has been known to trigger parts of the brain that operate the senses, so in that regard, this makes a lot of sense.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Csihar » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:16 pm

Parity makes me feel like I'm on a Sea-Doo for some reason.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Nicol Armarfi » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:58 am

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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Yuurei » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:38 am

Afternoon makes me feel so calm but in a strange way that my heart nearly hurts like Hisao's. I see painful, sweet clouds travelling over me while I'm watching the sky sitted on the grass, thinking.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Mogami-kun » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:38 pm

The following post might not make any sense, so please excuse me if that seems to be the case.

"Romance in Andante, piano version" makes me feel kinda weird. It's hard to describe but it feels like I have been thrown back in time and not just a little. It's like a really old memory resurfacing (and by old I don't just mean that 10-20 years old, but it feels like it had been a hundred or even more years if it was possible). It's not a particular moment, more like the imprint of the atmosphere of a memory.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Hamadyne » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:32 pm

I'd have to say I like Parity the best out of the five character themes.
I have synesthesia, myself. Most music to me has a special 'texture' to it, as well as a color I associate it to.

Parity has my favorite texture of the bunch -- round, but with a bunch of little bumps all around it. It's a pleasant texture, something relaxing to listen to. Salmon-colored, too.

Concord feels wet. It's interesting -- most piano pieces to me are. It's like I'm at the beach on a warm day, the waves lapping at my feet... A pale blue.

Painful History has a bit of that wet texture, but not a whole lot. It's kinda damp, in a sense. Dark, unable to tell what color; could be a dark red.

Standing Tall has a rubbery feel to it; kinda bouncy, too. This isn't too simple, musically. Bright yellow.

The Student Council feels like wood that's been sanded down, but no stain or sealant has been applied. Dusty, too, but in a good way. Grayish, very neutral.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Cylog » Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:11 pm

I wish I had Synesthesia... It must be pretty awesome to expierience the world from many angles.The wierd thing is I remembered, a long time ago, when I was a child I looked at a wall and said that this wall smells blue...
When I hear "Concord" I have to think of tea and... well, Lilly ^^ When "Happiness" is playing I imagine a classroom, everybody is preparing their stuff for the day, cheering, laughing...
"School Days" reminds me - ironically - of a empty classroom, the setting sun brings a warm shine into the room.
I find this thread really interesting, I hope more people are gonna post.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Saraquill » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:35 am

Just about everyone has some level of synesthesia in them. Look up "kiki" and "booba," it explains it a little bit. In my experience, it's a lot like breathing, I don't notice much unless I'm actively paying attention.

"Concord" has me seeing counter clockwise swirly fog at the top, parallel strings and at the bottom, something that looks a lot like piano keys from the from when they are depressed.

"Painful history" has the moving keys in the middle of the screen.

"Parity" has round bursts that move from the inside outward, along with juggling keys, and that violin strings look like when they're being played.

"Standing Tall" has tiny key movement toward the bottom left, with a background fog hum, and the moving violin strings.

"The Student Council" has very faint fog up top, moderate key movement, pinpoint dots popping in and out, and a blend between violin strings and a medium strong background hum. All of this is at the top of the screen.

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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Hamadyne » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:52 am

Saraquill wrote:Just about everyone has some level of synesthesia in them. Look up "kiki" and "booba," it explains it a little bit. In my experience, it's a lot like breathing, I don't notice much unless I'm actively paying attention.
For people with synesthesia, though, the texture of the music is actually felt, rather than visualized in one's head. Like, for the example in Concord that I gave, my fingers will, occasionally, feel a bit wet when listening. It sounds bizarre, but it is a fantastic experience.

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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Napalm » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:59 pm

Hamadyne wrote:
Saraquill wrote:Just about everyone has some level of synesthesia in them. Look up "kiki" and "booba," it explains it a little bit. In my experience, it's a lot like breathing, I don't notice much unless I'm actively paying attention.
For people with synesthesia, though, the texture of the music is actually felt, rather than visualized in one's head. Like, for the example in Concord that I gave, my fingers will, occasionally, feel a bit wet when listening. It sounds bizarre, but it is a fantastic experience.

Just don't expose me to rap. Bleauuuuuuurgh.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Hamadyne » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:08 pm

Napalm wrote:
Hamadyne wrote:
Saraquill wrote:Just about everyone has some level of synesthesia in them. Look up "kiki" and "booba," it explains it a little bit. In my experience, it's a lot like breathing, I don't notice much unless I'm actively paying attention.
For people with synesthesia, though, the texture of the music is actually felt, rather than visualized in one's head. Like, for the example in Concord that I gave, my fingers will, occasionally, feel a bit wet when listening. It sounds bizarre, but it is a fantastic experience.

Just don't expose me to rap. Bleauuuuuuurgh.
Have you ever tried listening to the Crazy Bus theme?
Just tried that.

Everything about that song is just, just wrong. Texture's very cold, but then gets super hot at certain intervals. It's like a piece of metal being superheated and supercooled simultaneously. AGHHH.
This is one unsettling song.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by bitpeg » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:08 am

I hate to make myself the odd man out, but I really don't like the soundtrack. It's not like I hate it, I just don't find it as enthralling as the rest of this userbase seems to, I guess I just don't have the emotional connection. I usually mute the music and replace it with something like Tom Waits or Zs. That kind of music is something I'm familiar with, and gives me a good feeling, something like a euphoria. I can close my eyes and feel the effort that the musicians put into the music. It sometimes makes me feel cold, but in a good way. It's entrancing. From there, my mind takes the good feeling and associates KS with it since I'm experiencing both at the same time. That's something I just can't do with the default soundtrack for this game.
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Cylog » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:05 am

I guess you could listen to your own music, but wouldn't that kinda ruin the atmosphere? I really like the KS music, it creates the necessary ambience.
Hmm, this might be offtopic, but I wonder how 8bit music feels (in synesthesia sense)?
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Re: Synesthesia and KS music

Post by Arcassa » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:07 am

Mogami-kun wrote:The following post might not make any sense, so please excuse me if that seems to be the case.

"Romance in Andante, piano version" makes me feel kinda weird. It's hard to describe but it feels like I have been thrown back in time and not just a little. It's like a really old memory resurfacing (and by old I don't just mean that 10-20 years old, but it feels like it had been a hundred or even more years if it was possible). It's not a particular moment, more like the imprint of the atmosphere of a memory.
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I get a nostalgic feeling out of the blue when certain songs come up, usually classical and such, where I feel like I've heard it before a very long time ago, and Romance in Adante was one of them.

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