Translate music intonation into words using color semantics (as a means of communication)

by Alexey Smirnov2 min read7th Jul 20202 comments


World Modeling

Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, found that music and color are connected through an intermediate link - emotions


So why not apply in this case color semantics, which has existed since 1949 in the form of the Max Luscher's eight-color test, which converts a sequence of colors into a sequence of words?

"Max Lüscher believed that sensory perception of color is objective and universally shared by all, but that color preferences are subjective, and that this distinction allows subjective states to be objectively measured by using test colors. Lüscher believed that because the color selections are guided in an unconscious manner, they reveal the person as they really are, not as they perceive themselves or would like to be perceived"

So, if you sync your mood with the mood of the music, you can determine the mood of the music using the color test

The sequence of passing the test is simple:
1. Which of the eight colors seems the most pleasing?
2. Which of the remaining colors seems the most pleasing? (until all the color cards go to the result)

You can find the test version here:
Here you can find the test and simpliest MVP of music recommendation system how it can be created (MUSLI stands for Musica Lingua or Music Lingo):

Since the interpretation text can be translated into any language in the world, this makes music a universal language. Thus music as a means of communication and coordination can become a means against Moloch

Jim Carrey about music:

Also listen to three songs from Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie album:

1. The Song We Were Singing

2. The World Tonight

3. Great Day

And so here are some examples of matching the first pair of colors of the test and the songs:

Your Desired Objective
"Wants to sweep aside the things that stand in his way, to follow his impulses and be involved in special or exciting happenings. In this way he hopes to deaden the intensity of his conflicts, but his impulsive behavior leads him to take risks":

1. The Clash - London Calling
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

Your Desired Objective
"Seeks affectionate, satisfying and harmonious relationships. Desires an intimate union, in which there is love, self-sacrifice and mutual trust":

1. Echo Jet - Something To Believe In
2. The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

As you can see the author creating a song partially duplicates the information transmitted through the text channel (verbal) and the intonation channel of the music (non-verbal)

Thus the song form is an implementation of Jung's Transcendent Function. As much as Max Lucsher's color test too

"There is nothing mysterious or metaphysical about the term "transcendent function". It serves to denote a psychological function comparable in nature to the mathematical function of the same name that connects real and imaginary numbers. The psychological "transcendent function" is the result of combining conscious and unconscious contents"

Also, if we put on the 7th and 8th place two colors, when mixed, it turns out the "the ugliest colour in the world" (, then we get the following interpretation:

"Has an unsatisfied need to ally himself with others whose [ethical]standards are as high as his own, and to stand out from the rank and file. This subjects him to considerable stress, but he sticks to his [ethical]attitudes despite lack of appreciation. Finds the situation uncomfortable and would like to break away from it, but refuses to compromise with his [ethical]opinions. Unable to resolve the situation because he continually postpones making the necessary [ethical]decision, as he doubts his ability to withstand the opposition which would result. Needs the esteem of others, compliance with his wishes and respect for his opinions before he can feel at ease and secure"

A little theory with illustrations

Paul McCartney - Cosmically Conscious

An interesting thing: if you change four pairs of colors in places, while maintaining the order inside the pairs, then from Love intonation from "All You Need Is Love" you can get Joy from "Cosmically Conscious" an Us intonation from "Imagine" ^_^