The Reading / Listening - Hip-Hop - Level 5

Scientists have found a strange link between music and cheese. Different music genres affect how cheese matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and researchers from a Swiss university conducted a six-month test to look into how music affects the maturation process of cheese. After the cheese matured, it was sampled and assessed by the researchers and a jury of cheese experts. The researchers said cheese that was played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than other samples. The experts reached the same conclusion, that the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.



The experiment involved exposing different cheeses to sound waves in a non-stop musical loop for six months. The experiment was called "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included classical, rock, hip-hop and techno. A researcher explained the differences in the taste of the cheese. He said: "Bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity. I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hip-Hop - Level 4 or  Hip-Hop - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hip-hop-and-mozart-improve-flavor-swiss-cheese-180971721/
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/playing-hip-hop-to-cheese-produces-the-funkiest-flavour-says-scientists-2463655
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/03/24/706344902/need-a-cant-miss-wheel-of-cheese-try-playing-it-some-hip-hop


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a strange link between
  2. music genres affect how
  3. conducted a six-
  4. music affects the maturation
  5. After the cheese
  6. a jury
  7. a stronger
  8. The experts reached
  1. the same conclusion
  2. process
  3. of cheese experts
  4. aroma and flavor
  5. cheese matures
  6. month test
  7. matured
  8. music and cheese

Paragraph 2

  1. exposing different cheeses
  2. a non-stop musical
  3. A researcher explained
  4. the taste
  5. the enzymes that influence
  6. nutrients are not the only things
  7. Sounds, ultrasounds
  8. have physical
  1. or music
  2. the differences
  3. its maturity
  4. effects
  5. to sound waves
  6. loop
  7. that influence taste
  8. of cheese

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have (1) ___________________ link between music and cheese. Different music genres (2) ___________________ matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and researchers from a Swiss university conducted a six-month (3) ___________________ into how music affects the maturation process of cheese. After the cheese matured, it (4) ___________________ assessed by the researchers and a (5) ___________________ experts. The researchers said cheese that was played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than other samples. The experts reached the same conclusion, that the hip-hop cheese (6) ___________________.

The experiment involved exposing different cheeses (7) ___________________ in a non-stop musical loop for six months. The experiment was called "Cheese (8) ___________________". The music included classical, rock, hip-hop and techno. A researcher explained the differences in (9) ___________________ the cheese. He said: "Bacteria are responsible for the (10) ___________________ taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity. I am convinced that humidity, temperature (11) ___________________ not the only things that influence taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundastrangelinkbetweenmusicandcheese.Differen
tmusicgenresaffecthowcheesematures.AtopSwisscheese-makeran
dresearchersfromaSwissuniversityconductedasix-monthtesttolook
intohowmusicaffectsthematurationprocessofcheese.Afterthechees
ematured,itwassampledandassessedbytheresearchersandajuryofc
heeseexperts.Theresearcherssaidcheesethatwasplayedhip-hophad
astrongeraromaandflavorthanothersamples.Theexpertsreachedthe
sameconclusion,thatthehip-hopcheesewasthetastiest.Theexperim
entinvolvedexposingdifferentcheesestosoundwavesinanon-stopm
usicalloopforsixmonths.Theexperimentwascalled"CheeseinSurroun
dSound".Themusicincludedclassical,rock,hip-hopandtechno.Ares
earcherexplainedthedifferencesinthetasteofthecheese.Hesaid:"Bac
teriaareresponsiblefortheformationofthetasteofcheese,withtheenz
ymesthatinfluenceitsmaturity.Iamconvincedthathumidity,tempera
tureornutrientsarenottheonlythingsthatinfluencetaste.Sounds,ultr
asoundsormusiccanalsohavephysicaleffects."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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