A Hyper Island project combining Food, Music, and Digital Technology to answer the question: Read more
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About this project
We cook to music, but can music cook for us? Can food taste like music?
Food and music are complements and partners from the kitchen to the dining room. Their relationship has endured the passage of time across many cultures.
Could the idea of cooking to music be taken to a whole new level?
Could music amuse our tastebuds and make them dance to the flavors of our favorite songs? Could music be translated from something we hear into something we taste?
A service that allows you to taste your favorite songs.
Beatballs is a project developed by us: 54 students from the Interactive Art Director program at Hyper Island in Stockholm, Sweden.
Through a combination of programming, design, and just the right amount of absurdity, we have developed a code that converts music into taste. More specifically, a code that translates music into different recipes for meatballs, allowing you -- for the first time in history -- to find out how ”Gangnam Style”, ”Bohemian Rhapsody” and ”Beat It” could taste.
Our taste experts behind Beatballs analyzed how various music attributes can be expressed through tastes, taking into consideration the social, cultural, and historical associations of both food and music. Every song has its own DNA -- a unique blend of tempo, cadence, mood, and key, among other attributes. Translating these attributes into their representative flavors, Beatballs creates a tailored meatball recipe that tastes like the song.
Here is an example using "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
"Happy" is played in F-minor, giving the meatball a base of chickpeas and garlic. It scores above average on energy level, tempo, chatter, and mood, according to the Beatballs song analyzer. This music profile inspires additional dashes of thai basil, lemon zest, curry, and strawberries. The result is a Beatball with a "Happy" twist.
We have also built a working prototype of Beatballizer: a machine that takes the recipes from Beatballs and then mixes, rolls, and cooks the meatballs -- just by pressing "play" on your phone!
Now, we need your help to develop a smaller Beatballizer that can fit in every kitchen! We hope it will not be long before the Beatballizer becomes a reality.
Beat, mix, and roll on.
Why not? You normally cook to music, but with Beatballs, music tells you what to cook. Let's start with meatballs.
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1 Beatballs poster of your choice + 1 bonus Beatballs stickerEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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1 eCookbook (.epub or .pdf) featuring recipes of your favorite playlist(s) (50 songs maximum).Estimated delivery:
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1 Beatballs t-shirt of your choiceEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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1 Hardcover cookbook featuring recipes of your favorite playlist(s) (50 songs maximum)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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1 Hardcover cookbook featuring recipes of your favorite playlist(s) (50 songs maximum) + 1 Beatballs poster of your choice + 1 Beatballs t-shirt + 1 bonus Beatballs stickerEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Your name on the Beatballizer and on our website as an official sponsor + 1 Hardcover cookbook featuring recipes of your favorite playlist(s) (50 songs maximum) + 1 Beatballs poster of your choice + 1 Beatballs t-shirt + 1 bonus Beatballs stickerEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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In addition to the above rewards, we will personally deliver a meatball of your favorite song (plus custom song artwork) to your doorstep.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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