The Sound of Taste

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I was surfing the web today and came across this beautiful video of exploding spices. Normally I do posts on travel and eating food but this slow motion video of exploding spices is just too good not to share. What does flavor look like? How does it sound? These are the questions that inspired herb and spice experts, Schwartz, to create what they describe as a “Sonic Flavourscape”. Several tons of black peppercorns, cardamom, turmeric, paprika, cumin seeds, ginger, chilli and coriander were rigged to explode in sync with a lovely piece of piano music. Because it must sync in very slow motion, the music was drastically sped up during filming. Using the timing code of the piece, they were able to program the explosions to match the music within a millisecond. The video below shows how they made it.


The project brought together an eclectic collective of creative collaborators. DJ/Producer MJ Cole was approached to translate the sensation of taste into a musical composition. Film maker Chris Cairns and pyrotechnic designers, “Machine Shop”, then went to work turning this sound into a visual extravaganza. Each spice has been issued with its own musical note to ensure perfect harmony between MJ Cole’s composition and the slow motion footage. The result is pretty sensational, you can almost taste the spices and it leaves you wondering what it would smell like in that room.


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