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What it's like to feel the sounds we hear

7 August 2020

Tim Neumann shares his experiences of auditory-tactile synaesthesia in this Thinking Pieces podcast with the IN-TOUCH project's Lili Golmohammadi.

Tim and Lili sitting at a piano to record 'What it's like to feel the sounds we hear'

Sitting at a piano in one of the IOE music rooms (before social distancing became a thing), Tim talks us through how certain piano notes produce hard and soft tactile sensations. He recounts how his synaesthesia has featured both positively and negatively in his life, plus the cognitive dissonance that can arise when the characteristics of a musical piece don't fit with the sensation he feels. 

This crossover of sensory modes is of particular interest to the IN-TOUCH project, which investigates novel theories and methods of digital touch communication. Together, Tim and Lili imagine how to go about creating a haptic device which could replicate the sensations he experiences.

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