Looks like cheese is a fan of hip-hop.
A group of researchers in Switzerland recently conducted an experiment where they paired cheese wheels with different sound waves and songs, to see if sound affects the microorganisms that give cheese its flavor.
In a report from NPR, nine 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese were either paired with a song or sound wave (one control cheese wasn’t given any music). Some of the songs selected for the experiment included Mozart‘s The Magic Flute, Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven,” and A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Jazz (We’ve Got).” Each song was played through a transmitter that focused the sound waves into the cheese wheels for 24 hours a day over six months.
The group’s results revealed that not only did the cheese exposed to music have a milder flavor compared to the control cheese, but that the cheese that was played hip-hop had “a discernibly stronger smell and stronger, fruitier taste than the other test samples.”
A panel of Swiss chefs, politicians and artists were also given samples of the different cheeses, with most of them agreeing that the cheese that were played hip-hop or low frequencies were sweeter than the others.
“I like its flavor, and so the hip-hop cheese was my favorite cheese…Rock ‘n’ roll and techno — there was not such a big difference,” Beat Wampfler, a cheese enthusiast who also worked with researchers to create the experiment, told NPR.
Wampfler said that he wants to do another study that solely pairs hip-hop with cheese. Those cheeses will be studied alongside cheeses that aren’t paired with any songs at all.
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