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“I listen to color” – Neil Harbisson

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Mozart, "Queen of the Night"

Mozart, “Queen of the Night”

Justin Bieber's "Baby"

Justin Bieber’s “Baby”







Can you imagine that? We listen a song, but the sound also can be transform into visual – color. “Queen of the Night” by Mozart is a bit greenish while “Baby” by Justin Bieber (I think all of us heard it” are pink and yellow. We can see diiferent colors when we first born, but there is someone that cannot.

By the introduction of TED, “Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.

“Born with the inability to see color, Neil Harbisson wears a prosthetic device — he calls it an “eyeborg” — that allows him to hear the spectrum, even those colors beyond the range of human sight. His unique experience of color informs his artwork — which, until he met cyberneticist”

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson

“I’ve never seen color and I don’t know what color looks like. I come from a grayscale world,” says artist Neil Harbisson. “Now I can eat my favorite song; I can compose music with food,” he says, joking about a meal consisting of pieces by Lady Gaga, Rachmaninoff, Björk and Madonna. “And the way I perceive beauty has changed. When I look at someone, I hear their face. So someone might look beautiful but sound terrible.”

Matin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" and the other one is Hitler

Matin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” and the other one is Hitler

Actually, all image we see is a symbol, and green equal to grass, blue equals to blue, and we can also listen the color. Here is a interesting question. Which one belongs to Martin Luther King and which one is Hitler?

All of us will not have the same answer and this indicates what we think is what we all agree to symbol it as we all standardise. Watch the TED talk and you can find the answer.




TED Talk – Neil Harbisson: I listen to color : http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_harbisson_i_listen_to_color.html

Profile of Neil Harbisson : http://www.ted.com/speakers/neil_harbisson.html

Listening to Picasso: Neil Harbisson at TEDGlobal2012 : http://blog.ted.com/2012/06/27/listening-to-picasso-neil-harbisson-at-tedglobal2012/

Website of Neil Harbisson : http://harbisson.com/


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