We cook to music, but can music cook for us? Can food taste
Food and music are complements and partners from the kitchen
to the dining room. Their relationship has endured the passage of time across
Could the idea of cooking to music be taken to a whole new
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.
Taste your favorite songs >>
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.