Swiss Experiment Finds Music’s Flavorful Impact on Cheese
change one’s tune: to change one’s attitude or opinion in a way that is more agreeable or positive to others
In a unique experiment in Switzerland, cheesemakers teamed up with researchers to explore how music affects cheese aging. They used different kinds of music like hip-hop, rock, techno, and classical. Each type of cheese listened to a different song played on repeat for six months.
The results? Mozart and Led Zeppelin’s music produced a mild flavor. The cheese exposed to hip-hop music had a distinct, strong flavor. Tasters described the hip-hop cheese as remarkably fruity in comparison to the other cheeses.
Michael Harrenberger from the Bern University of Arts was skeptical at first. But after learning that there is some science behind it he changed his tune. He said, “We discovered there is a field called sonochemistry that looks at the influences of sound waves, the effect of sound on solid bodies.”
Listen to the hip hop song used in the experiment below.
1. At first, Sarah didn’t want to go camping. But when she saw the beautiful lake, she changed her tune.
2. My brother always said he’d never learn to dance, but when he met his girlfriend who loves dancing, he quickly changed his tune.
3. I thought I would hate sushi, but after trying it, I had to change my tune – it’s delicious!
Scientists Played Music to Cheese as It Aged. Hip-Hop Produced the Funkiest Flavor