Musical Food: Multi-Sensory Meatballs & Mixology
By Sarah Housley

Two design studios have developed new products that pair food and drink with music in innovative ways. Bompas & Parr‘s latest project, the Chladni …

Oct 02, 2014
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Two design studios have developed new products that pair food and drink with music in innovative ways. Bompas & Parr‘s latest project, the Chladni Punch Bowl (named after German physicist Ernst Chladni), pairs cocktails with corresponding music, using the vibrations of the sound moving through the bowl to jig the liquid as if it’s dancing.

Rum & Coke shimmies in the punch bowl to Rum And Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters, while a Cosmo grooves to the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Martini moves to Glory And Gore by Lorde.

54 Hypers Studio are currently raising funds on Kickstarter for their project Beatballs, which uses algorithms to scan music and analyse its key attributes to create a corresponding flavour profile. The studio proposes building an app, the Beatballizer, so that users can convert all of their favourite songs into meatballs. One of the songs they have already converted, Pharrell’s Happy, is played in F-minor, giving it a base of chickpeas and garlic, topped with high-energy flavours of Thai basil, lemon zest, curry and strawberries.

Homebuildlife subscribers can find out more about how designers are creating synesthetic experiences involving music, flavour and visuals in our Think Tank report, Synesthesia And Design: Playing With Perception.

– Sarah Housley


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