Scientists show Kandinsky was right - paintings can be heard
4 September 2006
We all link music and art, but only a tiny minority of us is aware of the crossover of senses in our brains, according to a UCL neuroscientist speaking today at the BA Festival of Science.
The results show that most of us prefer image and sound combined, rather than either in isolation. We also tend to agree on which images match particular sounds. This could have implications for how we understand art and develop art forms that combine visual images with sound - such as ballet, opera, visual jockeying and animation.
In his talk at the 'Beautiful Brains' symposium, Dr Jamie Ward (UCL Psychology) said: "Kandinsky wanted to make visual art more like music - more abstract. He also hoped that his paintings would be 'heard' by his audiences. This seems more achievable now that we have found such a strong link between vision and hearing."
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