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Theory of the correspondence of music and image

Correspondence of Sound and Colour

Colours and Music Intervals

The colour represents components of white light spectrum. There are three primary colours blue, yellow and red, which cannot be obtained by mixing other paints. The other three colours (green, orange and violet) are the combinations of primary ones.


Clean music chord contains 6 harmonic intervals. For clarity sake, the intervals should be given the numerical value representing number of semitones in the interval.
For example, the C-major chord notes are Do, Mi, Sol and Do (in alt). The following intervals will be possible in this chord: Do/Mi (major third) 4 semitones, Mi/Sol (minor third) 3 semitones, Sol/Do of next octave (perfect fourth) 5 semitones, Do/Sol (perfect fifth) 7 semitones, Mi/Do (minor sixth) 8 semitones, Sol/Mi (major sixth) 9 semitones.
Thus, three intervals (3, 4, 5) are being the basic ones, and another three (7, 8, 9) are component ones since these can be obtained by composing 3, 4 and 5.


In the diagram: comparison of colours and interval values (open the comparisons)


Thus, you can see the correspondence of two super-harmonious structures white light and the consonant chord, which consist of equal number of elements. The properties of light elements coincide with the properties of consonant chord elements, namely: three basic elements; composition of component ones out of them (optical for colours, and mathematical for octave semitones); contrast (for example, red contrasts with the green, perfect fourth is the conversion from the perfect fifth).


Additional diagrams

Comparison of colours and sound intervals on piano keys
Comparison of colours and sound intervals on gitar tabs
Examples in different keys on the note rule
Comparison of optical addition of colours and addition of interval values


Auxiliary explanations

Why the diagram represents less colours than the rainbow colour count?

Why a note can not correspond to a colour?

What is a consonant chord and consonance intervals?

Why the intervals are to be given the numerical values of semitones?

Why the interval of 3 semitones is compared with the blue colour and not with yellow one, for instance?
How the multitude of colours we see is expressed in music?