LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An art student in England is making music with food, inspired by watching Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) cooking videos.
“Sonic seasoning,” the linking foods to sound to help meals taste better, is the brainchild of Mengtian Zhang, a design products student at the Royal College of Art in London. She tries to enhance food with experimental sounds and changing pitch, timbre and modulation.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash In Irwindale Closes Multiple Lanes On 605 Freeway
“It actually influences your appetite and flavor and also the emotion behind the sound,” she tells Reuters.
Zhang designs special bowls that can detect the food that adds flavor to our ears and changes how we feel. Some sounds, for example, could help build an appetite.
“I play it when people are pouring honey onto their plate and this one feels quite light and happy,” she says.
Sonic-seasoning, a tableware collection, enhances the flavor of food with sound feedback as you eat pic.twitter.com/v83s4hpcsP
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While other sounds, you might find less appealing for those of us who want to make healthier choices.READ MORE: Grundstrom Lifts Kings To 3-2 Win Over Devils
“It sounds a very weird so some people lose their appetite when they hear it.”
From the looks of it, reactions to this way of tantalizing our taste buds can vary.
“I think it’s kinda strange experience,” says Tian Gao, a volunteer taster.
“It’s a very special experience,” says Ruifeng Tang, who is also a volunteer taster.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Site Set To Open In Beverly Hills Sunday Evening
Zhang hopes her research can someday help people who’ve lost their sense of taste from COVID-19 or other diseases.