businessinsider.com – Cheesemaker Beat Wampfler has teamed up with researchers from the University of the Arts in Bern to see if music can change the taste of cheese.
- His Emmentals are being blasted with a mixture of rock, classical, and hip-hop music.
- They will be tested in the new year to see if the music has had any impact.
- There’s no evidence the music will change the cheesemaking process.
- But in sonochemistry fields, ultrasound is used to alter chemical reactions.
- So it is possible other sound waves might have an effect.
A Swiss cheesemaker is currently experimenting with music to make his cheese taste better.
According to AFP, Beat Wampfler is testing how music can influence how his Emmental is made from his 19th century cellar in Burgdorf, Switzerland.
Wampfler is a vet by day, but in the evenings he embarks on a quest to make Emmental cheese better and better. Since September, his experiments have involved playing songs from bands like Led Zepplin and A Tribe Called Quest during the cheese making process. Students from the University of the Arts in Bern are helping with the study, called “Sonic cheese: experience between sound and gastronomy.”
They are hoping the results might show how music can change the flavour of the cheese.
“Bacteria is responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity,” Wampfler told AFP. “I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste… Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects.”
There has been increasing research showing the surprising positive impact sound can have. For example, although the scientific literature is limited, there have been cases of people saying their plants grow better when they speak or sing to them.
One hypothesis is that it increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the plant’s vicinity. Another theory is that if you make the effort to talk to your plants, you’re more likely to water them and take better care of them.
Charles Darwin was interested in the idea, and designed an experiment where his son Francis played his bassoon to the plants. But the results were inconclusive.
“I hope that the hip-hop cheese will be the best.”
The name of my next album will officially be Hip Hop Cheese, look for it to drop in early 2019.