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Glen, Nancy

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Chromesthesia is the involuntary combination of a visual color response to a musical stimulus. Previous research has associated the presence of absolute pitch with color responses to musical pitch; however, recent studies indicated that color associations were also made amongst those who did not possess absolute pitch. Eighty-four participants to various extent and of varying ages representing backgrounds in music and in arts (as well as those with neither background) took part in a series of experiments to determine if a color/music pitch connection was prevalent in their responses. Additionally, participants were tested individually regarding the presence of consistent visual color associations when applied to musical pitch as well as the presence of consistent musical pitch associations when applied to visual color. The results of this research indicated that while these color associations were not wholly universal, there were certain systemic similarities for many of these colors and musical pitches. The application of these similarities might prove successful in any number of diverse musical settings.


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