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."