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Re: Dreams (Was: Re: "first language" test (was Re: A DISTURBING proposal!))

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, February 9, 2001, 20:40
On Fri, Feb 09, 2001 at 10:54:11AM +0200, Dan Sulani wrote:
> Not exactly. In High Shool I once wrote a poem describing > something like that, but I don't recall ever experiencing it myself. > But I'm wondering, Teoh. Have you had any > formal music training? Do play (an) instrument/s?
No, I never had formal music training, but I *did* pick up piano improvisation and composition on my own. I can play the guitar semi-well -- just strumming chords, though, nothing fancy. (But I easily get carried away by chord progressions...)
> Does this ever > happen to you while you are awake? (ie a form of synethesia --- > only not in the sensory (input) modality but in the output modality, > ie when speech is intended, music gets planned instead).
Well, when I'm awake, I can deliberately express my feelings through music -- eg., when I'm upset, I tend to produce rather cacophonic music at the piano. :-P But I don't mix up music and words unconsciously, when I'm awake. But then again... I've been known to mix things up in a strange way in my dreams. I don't remember if I mentioned this before -- I've had dreams in which solving a mathematical equation is equal to physically defeating an enemy, solving a computer algorithm is equal to reaching the shore before I drowned, inventing a new chord progression is equal to winning a verbal argument, and other equally bizzare things. :-) T -- Roasting my brains over a slow fire. Please do not interrupt this process.