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Musician 'Hears

Mushrooms Singing'

The Sydney Morning Herald

9-30-3

(DPA) -- A noted Czech orchestral composer has revealed a secret to his success: the ability to hear mushrooms sing.

Composer Vaclav Halek told the Mlada fronta Dnes newspaper that he copies the beautiful music emanating from all sorts of fungal forms that he finds while walking in the woods.

Just as other people carry baskets to gather mushrooms, Mr Halek said he takes a pencil and paper to the forest to collect songs he claims to hear rising from individual or groups of fungi. "I simply record music that a mushroom sings to me," he said.

Mr Halek has composed about 2,000 tunes and one symphony based on the melodies heard while lying beside edible or poisonous mushrooms in the quiet forest. He's been listening to fungi for 20 years, and has used the music for his numerous film and theatre scores.

"Not all of them carry the same tune," Mr Halek said. "There are tones and melodies that only toadstools and mushrooms make, so that together they cannot be used to create a composition."

He also claims to hear music coming from rocks and trees but prefers mushroom melodies.

Copyright © 2003 The Sydney Morning Herald.
 

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Originally Posted by Max Power View Post

HA!!! Arby you took the words right outta my mouf!!! When I was a teenager, sometimes I could taste colours
Ever read about synesthesia, Max?

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What is synesthesia?



Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people's names with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor. The word synesthesia comes from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception). Therefore, synesthesia literally means "joined perception."

Synesthesia can involve any of the senses. The most common form, colored letters and numbers, occurs when someone always sees a certain color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number. For example, a synesthete (a person with synesthesia) might see the word "plane" as mint green or the number "4" as dark brown. There are also synesthetes who hear sounds in response to smell, who smell in response to touch, or who feel something in response to sight. Just about any combination of the senses is possible. There are some people who possess synesthesia involving three or even more senses, but this is extremely rare.

Synesthetic perceptions are specific to each person. Different people with synesthesia almost always disagree on their perceptions. In other words, if one synesthete thinks that the letter "q" is colored blue, another synesthete might see "q" as orange.
 

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more than likely its a case of extreme smell or visual to auditory synthsesia. An extremly rare psycholigical gift that allows two or more senses to become entertwined in such a way that one triggers the other. I.E. taste shapes or smell or see audio. Very intresting though. As a classical composer myself, I would like to hear the music.
 
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