Color, in film, is used in two ways: 1) natural association and/or 2) psychological symbolism. You can find an abundance of information on the meaning of different colors and how they are used in film. In this series of posts, I would like to explore what color sounds like; I’ll call it color sound. Of course this is a subjective exploration of color and you may not agree with everything in this article but it will at least get you thinking about color in terms of sound.
I'm using all of this information to help create a sound track for green (which is linked at the bottom of this post). I’ll begin with the obvious, the great outdoors. There’s a whole lot of sound here; tangible sounds like birds, frogs, and insects. Then there are intangible sounds like, spring air, young foliage sprouting from the ground, and freshly birthed leaves. As I move into more abstract territory, the descriptions become more complex. The psychological, emotional aspects of green are far more personal to put together. Healing green sounds like a singing bowl being struck and played with precision; soothing green sounds like a soft flute; tenacious and proud green is a brassy fanfare with a slight minor note at the end; envious green takes the fanfare down into a dark and ominous place. And in honor of the esoteric, the fourth chakra, the heart chakra, is green and its sound vibrates in the key of F.
Green is a color that gives us hope, tells us to ‘go!’ and calms us when we are stressed. It is the color humans are most sensitive to. Green is neutral, neither happy nor sad; its restfulness can have a beneficial effect.