Sound of food

Sound, not words or visuals. This is the first of my series of post to minimise text or images and increase use of sound clips and other modes of presentation.

This is the sound of my fan oven, with the timer. I am broiling chicken. Can you smell it?


Now try listening to it again. I am broiling chicken with butter, garlic, five spice powder, honey with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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  1. Giraf87 January 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I signed up to be a vegetarian for the month of January. I wonder if actively listening to the sound of chicken being cooked would break that promise?

  2. cmeckenstock January 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    That depends on how strict a vegetarian you are. If you were a Muslim, then the act of being tempted and then resisting could earn you a few brownie points!

    However, it is very interesting to experiment with sounds, without the visuals. I think this is forcing me to use the different senses and imagination, which perhaps as Stern alluded to have been neglected.

  3. Giraf87 January 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    yes I agree, sound is potentially very deep, and more instinctive. I am not a doctor, but I think babies hear lot of sounds, recognise mum’s voice, hear her heart beat, long before they can see her. Even after birth, vision is limited.
    I did some research on the French cinematographer Robert Bresson, and his films are defined by the use of sound.

  4. sbayne February 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Nice sound experiment Chantelle! You might like the soundclips that students made to represent their study spaces on the MSc – this was part of a recent research project on how distance students ‘make’ the space of the university – take a look here:

  5. Chantelle Meckenstock February 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Thank you, Sian. I wanted to take the sound experiment one step further – to include aroma! Not sure if that will work, but I do know that every modality presentation, is in many ways, multimodal. Otherwise they would make little sense. Just read Rose (2007) about the positioning and how each modality affects the other.

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