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Aural coloring books

I was driving to the high school yesterday, and anytime I passed a wet, low-lying area, the cheerful sound of spring peepers rose from it. Not only water, but also frog song, collects there. It was as if the scene were a giant coloring book, and someone had colored in the sounds, filling in the low spots with peepers. So then I got to thinking about how else the scene was colored, aurally. The roads are colored with the sounds of engines. If the picture is colored in the early morning, the roads are dark with that sound--people heading to work. At midday, there's only the hint of car sound--much paler. In the woods, the upper trees are colored with the calls of flickers, chickadees, and cardinals. The meadow is colored in with the sounds red-winged blackbirds and kildeer.

Have a picture of a wet, low-lying area.




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yamamanama
Apr. 16th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I mentioned this, but Emma of Atlas Lab has synesthesia, so she'd take this post a bit more literally than most people would.
cmcmck
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh! So do I- mine's colour/music synaesthesia so birdsong could well do it.

It's a nice wet, low lying area. :o)
yamamanama
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
She's sound/color too.
cmcmck
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
Funny- until I started blogging, I'd never met anyone else with the same condition (I prefer to call it a gift) but there are two others on my flist. :o)

It was only four or five years back that I became aware that not everybody perceives this way.
judo100
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
I love your concept of "coloring in" the sounds.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
queenoftheskies
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love frog song. This time of year, I drive certain areas just after dark specifically to hear the frogs sing. There are natural creeks there, and the frogs abound. I love it so much. There's something peaceful and yet vibrant about it at the same time. (Of course, soon, the herons will invite those frogs over for lunch.)
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
Frogsong really is lovely--as nice as birdsong and cricketsong.

Someone needs to advise the frogs to turn down that dinner invitation. But then the herons just say, "Oh but I insist!"
sartorias
Apr. 16th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
And someone had colored in the sounds--that is so perfect, gives me such rich images!
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad.
osprey_archer
Apr. 16th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love the image of frog song collecting in low-lying areas, seeping down and staying there even after the frogs are gone.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
Imagine if you could do sound archaeology--see what sounds had lain in a spot, find them, one underneath the next.
sovay
Apr. 16th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Have a picture of a wet, low-lying area.

That's really beautiful.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
At that time of day, in that light, the weight of things completely changes. Intangible things become heavy and tangible, and solid things become ethereal and threaten to float away.
khiemtran
Apr. 16th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Have you heard of Bernie Krause and his soundscapes? There are some interesting interviews (and also a Ted Talk, I believe) in which he talks about how different species fill different gaps in the sonic frequency spectrum, and how silence may mark an empty niche.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/soundscapes---the-sounds-of-the-natural-world/2972262
mnfaure
Apr. 17th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
I've listened to that TED talk; it was very interesting.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't! This is something I'll have to investigate--thanks for the link. It sounds like a very refreshing look at how an ecosystem fits together.
oiktirmos
Apr. 17th, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-)
amaebi
Apr. 17th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
How I miss spring peepers.

And that looks a splendid place for will-o'the-wisps.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've never seen will-o'-the-wisps, but I'd love to!
amaebi
Apr. 17th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Just don't follow one.
vasma_pr
Apr. 17th, 2015 05:37 am (UTC)
A very beautiful colouring... of the time)))
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I could share it with you!
mnfaure
Apr. 17th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Lovely.

Being more of a visual-oriented person, I tend not to dwell too much on sounds (except for certain things), and this makes me want to think of sound in a more positive way. "Coloring in" the world is a good way for me to look at it.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
It does help when there are nice things to hear--I realize you live in a place where you get rather assaulted by sounds :-|
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