August 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Molecular Gastronomy Website Demonstrates How Music Can Create Taste Associations of Sour, Bitter, Sweet and Salty

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) -, a resource for molecular gastronomy recipes and techniques, today published a demonstration of an algorithm that can "flavor" a song to generate the taste association of sour, bitter, sweet and salty. The algorithm was developed by a group of scientists and musicians in Argentina.

The research, led by Mariano Sigman (physicist), Bruno Mesz (pianist and mathematician) and Marcos Trevisan, focuses on the relation between music and sensory perception. In this first phase of the project, about the taste of music, they have been able to decode the musical parameters that are associated by the human brain with the four canonical taste words.

Can you change the flavor of a song? will soon allow followers of its Molecular Gastronomy Facebook page to submit their favorite song to be "flavorized" by the researchers into four versions representing each of the four taste sensations.

"The ability to change the flavor of a song is fascinating to me," said Quantum Chef, creator of "Imagine taking a Metallica song and making it sweet, or adding a bitter taste to a Barry Manilow tune. It's an amazing concept."

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