Bergdorf — It may be grating for some, but hip-hop is music to the ears of Switzerland’s most famous cheese. According to research on the musical tastes of Emmental, the holey cheese changes flavour depending on the melodies played as it ripens. The experiment “Sonic cheese: experience between sound and gastronomy” by Bern University of the Arts and a cheese maker in western Switzerland probed whether the sounds and vibrations of music could impact the chemical reactions in the bacteria within cheese. Over six months, Emmental made in Beat Wampfler’s 19th-century cellar in the town of Bergdorf were exposed to A Tribe Called Quest, Led Zeppelin or Mozart. Other circles of the holey Swiss classic were kept away from music, serving as a control group. “We did two surveys, a scientific one, and another with a jury of culinary experts,” said Peter Kraut, deputy director of the music department at the Bern arts university. “Both came to the conclusion that there are differences, there are...

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