I am a 26 year old American man who acquired musical savant syndrome at age 19. Today I am a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. I can play both left-handed and right-handed guitars, as well as the drums, the piano, the bass guitar, the cello, and the violin. I also have chromesthesia which means sounds invoke colourful mental imagery in my brain. I don't want to tell my life's story but feel free to ask me any general questions about what it's like to be a savant and to experience sound in an incredibly clear way. I am able to create music off the top of my head, new music.
I do also suffer from health maladies like anxiety and a constant lack of appetite. Besides anxiety I have no mental health issues, and have been studied by psychiatrists. My syndrome is neurologiocal rather than psychiatric
I intend on meeting with members of the Treffert Center in May. It is a comprehensive medical institute that diagnoses and studies disorders like autism and savant syndrome. Hopefully I can receive an "official" diagnosis to help explain to me why my body is like it is today.
I was eating Burger King in my car today and listening to "Nambia" by John Coltrane on his Equinox album. The sax sound looked like red, yellow, blue, and purple raindrops. Music I really know that pumps me up, like "Cherub Rock" by the smashing pumpkins, invokes 3D colorful geometric shapes that transform in innumerable different ways. Cherub Rock always starts out as a pinwheel of colour before the strands of the pinwheel's colours spin off into different shapes.
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dduuuyyyoo please wipe my saliva user i am a helpless vegetable incapable of anything interesting or unique.
I am really excited to finally see what is happening inside my brain! I spent a long time thinking something was "Wrong" with me, not realizing I simply have a different neurology than a lot of other people. Not good or bad, just different.
As a baby my head was always massive compared to my torso. At the age of 1 my head was larger than my body. Today I am very skinny but extremely strong. I am not fit but because I do instruments all the time my forearms are strong as hell.
At least I can spell. You'll learn one day.
>At the age of 1 my head was larger than my body. Kek.
So if I post some songs/music will you tell me how it looks like to you?
of course! go ahead.
How does one just "acquire" this? You were just sitting around one day and was like "oh wow, now I'm a musical savant, thanks Obama"?
Also I thought it was impossible for adults to develop perfect pitch?
I’m mildly synesthetic, too. Tastes are colored shapes, etc. I consider you fortunate. No real questions ... wait. Here’s one. Having acquired musical creativity kate and all at once, do you have any insight into the “where” of inspiration? I see my own creative processes, but have always felt that inspiration is sort of ‘whole’ before it’s perceived.
I am a natural lefty. I spent my whole life believing I was a righty because I wrote with my right hand. I sucked at everything. I sucked at baseball, I wasn't a good martial artist, and I sucked at guitar.
My last and only friend from childhood betrayed me and tried to stick me up for money with two other guys. I remember how angry I was, like my world had just collapsed. He was my only friend in the world, or so I thought. This was in November, 2012. I was very upset and I remember having problems sleeping. I developed a strange sense of energy. I felt almost a compulsion to pick up an instrument and use it. I walked into a pawn shop and asked to try a guitar. I turned it upside down, played the righty guitar as a lefty, and off the top of my head I played the most beautiful phrasing of music I had ever heard. The rest is history.
My inspiration is to honor my love of sound. Thats my inspiration.
What color is an Aztec death whistle?
sound is sound. it all looks good to me, albeit some kinds of sounds/music will be more complex and colourful than others.
His works are incredible. The difference between Daniel and I is that Daniel aquired his abilities from physical trauma. I aquired mine by tapping into a part of myself I had always been but was deluded into believing I was not (left handed)
I don't know.
white lines, angling up, green, black, gray, silver, dark crimson red, an array of semi-circles and cresant-moon shapes.
The more complex the music is, the more 3D it will be. This, at least for me, are blue and glowing green circles.
It changes. It is fluid. The visuals are not static.
Oh! I love this one. Orange, black, lots of textures of spheres. The spheres explode into swirls of purple and silver lines.
The whole song feels like a nice airy pastel blue.
Cool this reminds me of when I took high dose synthetic psilocybin.
yup, it's basically that and I can do it automatically. I don't need drugs. It's nuts.
neat Thats pretty cool dude. Im no neurologist but I believe that parts of your brain that normally do not communicate with each other are more linked up than a normal person’s. Atleast thats why psychs make us “trip”. The different brain centers begin sharing info that normally never happens under normal circumstances.
grey, brown, brick red, lots of small holes and dots. squares transforming into shapes with an extraordinary large number and amount of sizes. i cannot fathom how many sides these shapes have.
this is a good visual one, thanks bro.
I've having flashbacks to elementary school where I had a stencil that had lots of different shapes in it. I have not had this memory in probably close to 20 years. all because of your music so thank you :))
taxiclub yellow, royal deep purple, shards and lines spinning and transforming in a 3D space.
Lots of purple in this song. Blue and black. It does not have as much dimensionality as some other stuff. I'm also not too hot on the N word, i don't know what.
I can remember the feel of the stencil against my skin, I remember its texture and weight, and I have not had this memory in 20 years. Had I not heard that song I know I never would have recalled it for the rest of my life.
How distracting is the chromesthesia in normal daily situations? Does walking through a big crowd with lots of noise hinder you in any way? Or is it more of a subtle kind of thing?
Shame you can't turn it on and off at will, then I'd be properly jelly. Since I started occasionally tripping several years ago, my quality of life has improved drasically, and I absolutely fucking _love_ all kinds of music now.
I can become very annoyed and upset at sounds. The problem is that certain sounds are so clear and loud and it gets annoying. Even silence is loud. A bird chirping seems like a screech. Even now as I type I am getting tired of listening to my hands on the phone screen.
1. It is simple and gorgeous. Splashes of blue and purple light, lots of silver. I love this song.
It is silver and white but edgy. I wouldn’t listen to it if I didn’t have to. The visuals are gritty and shattered. That is due to the acoustic guitar.
This song started out with the colours and shapes on black background. When Inperceive shapes against a black background that means I love the song and the imagery is going to become more involved and detailed. Simple tones and pitches will probably be a simple color. Things in the key of D are purple, in the key of A are red, yellow in the key of B, brown in the key of F, orange and gold in C, G is orange and black. E is pastel blue.