I've studied the various aspects of how sight relates to sound, yet I'd be interested in analyzing the topic from a less historical manner and a more present era manner, ergo please ponder and post:

1) Do certain pitches have a color?

2) Do certain intervals have a color?

3) Do certain chords have a color?

4) Do certain modes/scales have a color?

5) Do certain instruments and orchestral combination have a color?

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  • I happen to be a synesthate, so in my world they do. There's no consistency between two individuals so I can only answer from my own experience.

    1) Do certain pitches have a color?
    For me pitch and timbre have an effect on the color. A middle C played on a piano looks light blue; the same C played on a trumpet is a bold purple.
    Niel Harbisson is an artificial synesthate who cataloged colors associated with musical pitches via transposition, and here's what he came up with.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harbisson#Harbisson.27s_Sonochrom...

    2) Do certain intervals have a color?
    Not in and of themselves, but notes sometimes blur together. For example a yellow E and a blue C has a sort of green overlap.

    3) Do certain chords have a color?
    Same as the second question, but what blends with what depends a lot on timbre. 

    4) Do certain modes/scales have a color?
    Not to me, though Liszt certainly thought so. Intonations other than 12TET do result in some different colors and patterns

    5) Do certain instruments and orchestral combination have a color?
    I think I answered this pretty well already.

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