Can Music Make Swiss Cheese Taste Better?

Traditions of cheesemaking in Switzerland count many centuries. It is the homeland of more than 400 sorts of cheese including sweet and tasty Emmental, aromatic Gruyere, Sbrinz and Raclette. Every year the Swiss invent something new to make their cheese the best.

Beat Wampfler, a veterinarian and a cheese lover from Burgdorf, a town in the canton of Bern, decided to perform an entirely new kind of science experiment. He tried to understand, whether music can make his cheese taste better. Wampfler is sure that not only humidity, temperature and nutrients influence on the taste of cheese. He based his conclusions on the practice of gardeners, who believe music can create an optimal growth environment for their plants.

Sonic cheese

Probably Wampfler’s idea sounds a bit crazy. However, he managed to team up with some researchers from the University of the Arts in Bern. At first, they had some doubts about the experiment, but later learned that there was a field called sonochemistry. So, it looks like there is an impact of sound on solid bodies and chemical reactions.

To test out his theory, Beat Wampfler placed small speakers under the large wheels of Emmental cheese. He split them into several groups according to musical genres: rock, hip hop, techno and classics. He tried with Led Zeppelin, A Tribe Called Quest and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. The main idea is to check how music influence the flavor of cheese.

Wampfler performs his experiment together with the students from the University of the Arts in Bern. It is called “Sonic cheese: experience between sound and gastronomy”. It is expected that the first mature cheese (listened music) will be ready to be tried on the 14 of March 2019.

Wampfler himself hopes that the “hip-hop cheese will be the best.”

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