The Intersection of Tastebuds & Sound

Intersection_Between_Taste_Buds_and_Sounds_3_1.jpgWhen it comes to the topics that we've taken a serious bite out of, one that has gotten almost no attention is that of something we all revolve around through our days and nights - food! One may ask how food and music have anything to do with one another? You may be surprised. 

In honor of Turkey Day, we wanted to touch on a topic that often isn’t crossed when it comes to music and that is the art of food. Be it baking with musical inspiration or studying the effects of listening to music while you’re eating, there’s plenty more to learn than we all would have expected. We’ll all be licking our chops by the end of this dive. 

So, when it comes to mixing food and music, there are so many different avenues that one can go down. Strikingly enough, music can have a physiological effect on its listener. Medium lets us know that “More surprisingly, the rhythm influences also the rhythm of the chewing. Another experience led by McElera and Standing found that people eat faster when they are exposed with speed tempo and conversely, slower music makes us eat slower and drink more.” 

On top of physical effects, we underestimate how food can inspire the person eating it. An incredible spice or a comforting meal can really put someone in the right mood to sit back and take the time to focus on their craft. Similarly, each and every chef and baker are also artists themselves. Much like musicians, they put their heart and soul into every dash of note, be them a wine note or a musical note. 

CGTN American discovers and displays “What you hear shouldn’t, but, in fact, does change what you taste,” said Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University. Spence has been focusing on the science behind our senses. For more than 15 years, he’s studied the specific interaction between taste and sound.  He’s discovered they don’t just work separately but also simultaneously. “Higher-pitched music will bring out sweetness in a dish, whereas low-pitched brassier sounds will accentuate the bitter notes instead,” explains Spence.  “Sound really is the forgotten flavor sense.” Checkout this video of the Gourmet Symphony pop-up foodie dream for a truly unique “sonic seasoning”. 

We truly hope that we’ve inspired your tastebuds with this one, as we certainly can’t wait to lend our creativity to the kitchen. This is just another reason to remain limitless in every department of your life. Who would have thunk that you can expand your musical and literal palette while you’re whipping up that homemade chipotle sauce?