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Tone-taste. Chord-taste

Subtypes of auditory-gustatory synesthesia


Some synesthetes perceive different taste sensations in response to the different notes on the musical scale. Others receive their taste perceptions not from individual notes but from chords. Both subtypes can coexist in the same person, in which case on listening to or playing music they get taste concurrents from both notes and chords.

Here are some descriptions written by people with this type of synesthesia:


“It’s like certain notes or things on pitch like have certain flavours, like it’s in my mouth. (...)

For example for me personally, C, G or any happier sounding major chord is almost fruity with some being radically different. C is like a citrus but B is like a softer almost plum taste? Hard to describe it perfectly but yes.

It gets kinda crazy when there is an ensemble because it’s a lot of them get mixed together and creates literally indescribable tastes in my mouth. Some good some bad.”

(Source: This comment on the online debate platform Reddit/Synesthesia. 2020.)


(Source: This post on the online debate platform Reddit/Synesthesia. 2020.)


Go to the page on auditory-gustatory synesthesia in general


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