An insightful article suggesting that our limited color categories (and by extension our color perception/awareness) are culturally determined. General words for colors often come into a language not as color words, but as object or substance labels (‘orange’ comes from the fruit; ‘greens’ from leafy vegetables).
This makes me wonder how refined color discrimination is in visual artists (too see with an artist’s eyes). And how a visual artist could describe their immense color awareness to others. In analogy, how could we learn expanded micro-pitch discrimination in sound.
Perceptual (color, pitch) training and memorization also requires conceptual categorical ‘anchors’. The idea that we don’t see (aren’t aware of) a color if we don’t have a word for it makes me curious about the impact of conceptual ‘anchors’ like ‘pitch-color’ in refining perceived micro-pitch distinctions in new musical contexts. The possibilities seem endless!
‘Absolute pitch’ can be thought of as fixed-pitch category (A,B,C…) “memorization”. Maybe in the same way, generalized colors are broadly categorized (green, yellow), and color blends are sometimes perceived and distinguished (greenish-yellow vs yellowish-green). With training, new ‘anchor’ categories can facilitate further refinement of seeing distinct variants and blends of formerly generalized colors.
Intuitively, it seems that the blend of visual and auditory ‘anchors’ used in structuring ‘pitch-color’ categories will lead in fascinating and unexpected new directions because of the multimodal (multi-perceptual; sound-sight) integration/gestalt.