Friday 14 June 2024
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Change coffee taste simply by changing your music’s frequency

Music turns the taste of coffee from bitter to sweet as part of a series of “Sony Multi-Room Sonic Wonderland” sound experiments

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Bompas & Parr has worked with Sony to to create a ‘frequency flavour’ test of their own – changing the perceived taste of a dish in front of your eyes, simply by changing the frequency of music.

As part of the experiment, Bompas & Parr chefs played with low frequency sounds to change the perception of salt and umami in a ‘dish’.

Participants tucked into specially designed ‘Goat’s Cheesecake’ (Goat’s curd, lemon and salted crumb) which changed in flavour, leading them from savoury to sweet as the music changed to a high frequency sound.

Guests also tried the ‘Frequency Flavour Test with coffee’. The experiment, marked by changes in flavour, light and sound – initiates ‘transitional cleansing’ between courses.

The ‘Frequency Flavour’ test was showcased at the Sony Multi-room ‘Sonic Wonderland’ in partnership with culinary designers Bompas & Parr. The space explored the effect of sound on guests and how, through a series of sonic experiments, senses can be mixed to create new experiences.

These included investigations such as intensifying the effect of sugar by tricking the brain. For the dessert, high-pitched notes were played by piano music, these notes are associated with the taste of sucrose.

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Alongside this, the colour pink which was prominent within the desert itself as well as the room lighting further intensified the perceived sweetness of sugar.

Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr said, “We don’t just eat with our hands or mouths but with our senses. Changing the surroundings and music around us affects these resulting in a completely novel dining experience.”

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