Furry Light & Chimes
My initial synesthetic
response to this image is one of texture, but I also hear the sound of
chimes. It depends on where I focus my eyes. For example, if I focus my
eyes on the filament-like edges of the shapes in the top row, I
instantly feel texture against my skin. But if I shift my attention to
their color and arrangement, the texture disappears and the sound of
chimes both surfaces and dominates, as if texture and sound traded
places in the layers of my consciousness. It works like this:
First, I hear the fifth shape (yellow) in the top row. Next, I hear
the yellow shape to its right which is slightly diminished. Then, the
sound travels right to left, as the four white shapes -- along with the
other less defined shapes beneath the row -- pick up and repeat the
original yellow sound in a sequence typical of what I hear when a
rectangular metal chime is hit with a hammer.
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