A short sample from Violet, the final colour to be interpreted in the Colour of Sound series.
Violet, the colour denoting the imperial ranks in Ancient Greece and Rome, was believed by Aristotle to be heard as an octave, a perfect interval that can be infinitely repeated. Contemporary studies into colour-sound theory are indebted to the work of Aristotle (384-322 BC) whose musings are thought to be the earliest exploration into the subject. His belief in the harmony of the spheres reverberated for centuries influencing scientists such as Isaac Newton in their quest to identify the colour of sound.
This is the final episode in the Radio National series. To listen to it in full visit the Soundproof website.
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