Listening to Colour

Reading Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Listening’ – thinking of how colour is situated within a discourse of sound.

Can we listen to colour?

How do we imagine blue to sing, red to growl, or green to whisper?

Is there a low rumble or a high-pitched squeal we attach to purple or yellow?

Do colours encourage us to respond verbally, vocally?

Plato, Aristotle and Newton have all had their colour-music theories – a linking of the spectrum of light with the spectrum of sound; an intensity of a note to the intensity of a hue.

When looking at colour, listen to the voice with which is speaks. When listening to music, a song, laughter, can we ‘paint’ what we hear?

Can music act as a lingering, floating shadow to colour.




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