If it however, does replicate, consistently, that opens up a bunch of questions. Just how does hip-hop make cheese sound better?
Maybe there's a frequency of sound that does the same—on a much smaller organelle level—for the bacteria in the cheese. Maybe increases their metabolism or something, makes the cheese age faster.
I think there have been studies that exposing plants to sound can also alter their behavior.
I also tend to think it's a fluke. :)
my hypothesis if anyone wants to replicate
How is this study different from that?
edit: The point I'm making, perhaps too tersely based on the below response, is a flawed study can be designed where every outcome would be "surprising" but obviously the rationale supporting that outcome would be poor. That people tend to share surprising outcomes (ie-- post it on Hacker News)-- makes it genius marketing.
Which I don’t think is a particularly new concept or a good use of smart people’s time. Nor would people ever enjoy music, film, food, x hobby, based on what a scientific study determines is ‘best’ in the first place, making the whole thing based on the false premise that an outcome could ever be known through this method.
Or just random chance, as the grandparent suggests.
The experiment didn't control for any of those.
If I had to place a bet, I'd bet differences in handling, and probably temperature and humidity gradients have a stronger effect than the sound.
This is the level of an average elementary school science fair project, and shouldn't be treated differently.
More info: https://www.thelocal.ch/20181102/swiss-cheese-maker-experime...
"I hope that the hip-hop cheese will be the best." (Nov 2018) And he's pictured laying his head and hand on one of the wheels:
The existence of a theoretical mechanism by which hip hop could impact cheese flavor, possibly making a better or possibly making it worse, doesn't change the fact that there is no meaningful evidence.
Essentially, does the beat of the song (or whatever) influence timings and force applied enough to bias the results?
Some S Club 7 will make your Brie far better.
Some may recognize this song from its use in an Avis commercial a few years ago:
And will be proved when the experiment is repeated (with different hole structure), and cheese is found to taste better when exposed to some other music genre.
Can I borrow your /s tag?
> Low frequency: 25kHz
> Medium frequency: 200kHz
> High frequency: 1000 kHz
All of which are very high and well above the range of human hearing, so I think the units should be Hz instead.
Do we have a paper source for this?
It's entirely likely that the hip-hop cheese was better, but for reasons completely unrelated to the music. Without replication this is extremely likely to be random chance.
Still, an amusing art project. And I actually would be kind of interested in seeing it done as an actual experiment. Sound waves have a significant effect on plant growth, after all.