Thanks Peter, will certainly try the font characters as a training aid.
Yes, there will be many more questions than answers for a long time to come. I'm pretty sure that most sighted people cannot make much sense of Kandinsky paintings in the visual domain either. <g> However, an issue with The vOICe is indeed that sound complexity increases with image complexity, while typical environmental views are often already so complex that a key question is if and to what extent the interpretation can be mastered through sound like one can with simple views showing, say, a few lines or rectangles. Those who wish to pursue it can also experiment with conventional letter shapes like those in the zip file at the direct URL
After unzipping, one can import these image files into The vOICe Learning Edition via its file requester (Control O).
Did you always have this form of synesthesia, or did it develop later on?
Seeing with Sound - The vOICe http://www.seeingwithsound.com/winvoice.htm
Vince Thacker wrote:Hi Peter and all,
I'm glad to be able to try theVoice and it's a fascinating idea, but my brain can't make sense of the sound output. I'm not sure if this means some of us need a lot of practice or training to do this, or whether some channels in various people's brains are more like superhighways than others.
I do get very vivid pictures from music and have associations between various series of things and colours/textures/patterns with, e.g., letters, numbers, months, days of the week, so to that extent I guess I have a mild form of synaesthesia, which I value highly. But it's not well enough developed to hear a painting by any means I've come across so far.
Perhaps it will take some fantastically complex rendering of the visuals to achieve this crossover, and maybe the method would have to be very customisable to achieve any kind of equal access. I have always loved Walt Disney's 'Fantasia', which mimics pretty closely the way my brain puts images to music - Stravinsky was extremely annoyed at this idea, I believe, and thought that music was pure and of itself, so it clearly takes all sorts of people to make a world.
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