A Japanese company creates a jukebox-inspired juice maker that aims to let music lovers taste the sound of a range of songs. Angela Moore reports.
Your favorite music can now be remixed into a tasty drink. Japanese company Nomura has a new gadget that lets music lovers taste songs. Squeeze Music is a juice maker. It blends a glass of juice according to the mood of a song. Happy songs produce a sweet drink. Jazz lovers will taste a bitter drink. This is how it works. The song's waveforms are analyzed by a computer and five feelings from the music are assigned a flavor. Happy, exciting, romantic, sentimental and sad are converted into sweet, sour, astringent, salty and bitter tastes respectively - and then blended into a juice drink. SOUNDBITE: Aoi Toda, saying (Japanese): "I like this tune and have listened to it for a long time, but this mixed juice made me want to listen to it from different perspectives. I really enjoyed the unique blend of the song and juice." SOUNDBITE: Akinori Goto, designer for Nomura Co. Ltd. Nomlab and developer of Squeeze Music, saying (Japanese): "At a music festival, for example, you can enjoy the experience to have a drink blended according to a song while listening to it at the gig. Moreover, we can mix alcohol so it could be served as cocktails in a bar if people want to try that out." The Squeeze Music developers hope the flavors will sweeten your taste for music.