We never cease living in the world of perception, but we bypass it in critical thought[.]
2 Linda Phyllis Austern
of another. "Sleep-inducing piano compositions that are as soothing as a warm tub soak before slipping between cotton sheets," proclaims the advertisement for a compact disc packaged in soft, glowing colors. A famous billboard image suggests the ancient synaesthetic pleasures of musical notes and alcohol every Christmas in North America. One French masterperfumer likens her art to symphonic composition, while a major-label recording offers "a romantic Italian feast for your ears." Behind the counter of an upscale cookware and gourmet shop, "Sunday Brunch" is served as an audio disc. Across the way, "Harmony," "Music," "Rhapsody," and "Whisper" are proffered as tiny pots of rich color and luxurious texture at a Swedish cosmetic boutique. The list is endless, yet the phenomenon escapes serious critical attention.