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Same here. I'm a grapheme-color/tactile and audio-visual, so I have no idea
what it's like to have my other senses evoked with visuals. For me it goes
purely in the other direction. I can list some of my sound-color/tactile and
letter-color/word-color/tactile associations if you like.

Nika

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM, David Edwards <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> At least for me, synaesthetic responses only work in one direction
> (and I've heard this is true for others as well). Various stimuli
> (tastes, sounds, smells, emotions, people) map to a
> shape/color/texture, but the same mappings don't work in reverse
> (colors don't trigger smells, for example).
>
> However, for me the smell of grease triggers a lime green color, and
> when I'm presented with a very vivid compound stimuli that doesn't
> match, it can be...weird.
>
> For example, in case you've seen the movie The Soloist, there's a
> scene where the title character is listening to a symphony, and the
> shot cuts to an amalgamation of vivid, moving lights, which presumably
> is how the character experienced the symphony. I wasn't able to watch
> more than the first few seconds of the scene, though, because the
> colors were all wrong--they didn't match my triggered response for the
> song at all, and seeing them both at once was horribly dissonant. Like
> gears locking and grinding on each other. Not fun.
>
> So in the room you describe, with a very pronounced yellow-orange
> coloration but a green smell, I'd probably be very uncomfortable. I
> might end up squinting, shying away from yellow things, or even
> shutting my eyes whenever possible
>
> You also may want to consider what type of synaesthete your character
> is--what kinds of stimuli trigger synaesthetic responses, and what
> sense-type responses do they stimulate? Is the character an associator
> type, or a projector type?
>
> If a projector type, your character may physically manifest a response
> to the room. For example, I don't often project the texture components
> of my responses, but I had to disconnect the phone in my dorm room
> this year because every time it went off, it felt like a barrage of
> papercuts down my right clavicle. So if your synaesthete is a
> projector type with tactile responses, you might try something like
> that.
>
> Best,
> David
>
> On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:35 AM, Peter Bleackley
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I've got a scene in the book I'm writing (the one which Khangažyagon will
> be
> > part of) in which a character goes into a large room lit by firelight and
> > tallow candles. The light is dim, fickery, and yellow-orange in colour.
> > There's a lot of greasy smoke about. The character is a synasaesthete.
> What
> > might he experience? I know there are no right or wrong answers, but I'd
> > like some ideas. Whether or not it's true that we're all born
> synaesthetes,
> > I have not retained the ability on a conscious level.
> >
> > Pete
> >
>