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#2056076 - 03/29/13 08:26 AM How would you represent musical scales through food?
Nannerl Mozart Offline
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Hi all,

I am a music major and I am studying at undergraduate level. I took last year off and I spent that time working in kitchens and studying in culinary school. Inside my university, we have these monthly talks on musicological topics open to the general public and afterwards there are drinks and some few things to eat. I was mildly disturbed by the fact that the food provided was just chips and dips, so I asked one of the academic staff who provided the food if it was ok if I provided some of the food. She was totally OK with this. I got very excited with this, being both a musician and a culinist I wanted these two forces to marry each other.

Since the lecture was on popular American music I made American food (bagels topped with ham, cheese, rocket and tomato as well as rocket, goats cheese and sliced roasted beetroot), I also made mini Oreo cookies and cream cheese cakes.

The next talk is about musical scales - how would you represent this through food? Any foodies on the forum?
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#2056101 - 03/29/13 09:15 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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Foodie Here!

Think of the modes and go with canapé in which the sonic reactions match the palette reactions. Which modes are 'earthy?' Which are 'bitter?' I think you get the idea.
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#2056133 - 03/29/13 10:09 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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For scales, I would love to see a progressive sequence of tasty small bites.
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#2056134 - 03/29/13 10:13 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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A - Apple
B - Banana
C - Cherry
D - Dragon Fruit
E - Elderberry
F - Figs
G - Guava

Sharps and flats are represented by combinations of two fruits (A#/Bb is an apple/banana combination)

Courses could be major/minor scales, aolian scales, etc.

Sounds like a fun project!
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#2056141 - 03/29/13 10:30 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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I think we need to write Cooking with Czerny.
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#2056143 - 03/29/13 10:35 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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I'm still stuck in modal mode.

Would hypomixolydian be a blender drink made by monks?
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#2056410 - 03/29/13 06:24 PM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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You could serve fish. Scaled of course.
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#2056490 - 03/29/13 08:38 PM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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I LOVE all your responses, especially Marty - you've given me something to think about.

So far this is what I have decided on ... and I'll draw on your idea.

- Buying a cheap plastic, white disposable table cloth and with a permanent marker drawing five lines and a clef. I'm thinking the bass clef - still not sure if the clef should be edible.

- Then placing my canapes on top (on the lines, on top of the lines - to represent two different kinds of scales) - In this instance I like to make two kinds of canapes - savoury and sweet. I want to make food that looks like dots - so I was thinking cold tomato soup served in disposable shot glasses, also chocolate truffles or mini cupcakes.

I don't know if I should bother with a clef and maybe do neumes, still deciding.
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#2056496 - 03/29/13 08:51 PM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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You're on roll!

Roll leads to crackers.

Crackers lead to Pâté.

How 'bout a Pâté cleff?
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#2056513 - 03/29/13 09:25 PM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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Pâté leads to Tournedos Rossini. Rossini wrote piano music about food.
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#2057150 - 03/31/13 12:07 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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I've invented a new cocktail for the occasion. You take five measures of gin then mix in some Schwepps.

It's called the pentatonic.

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#2057152 - 03/31/13 12:16 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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...or if somebody you don't like turns up you can give him a very small portion and say that he is having the diminished scale.

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#2057155 - 03/31/13 12:24 AM Re: How would you represent musical scales through food? [Re: Nannerl Mozart]
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...then again you could set up an installation in which a piano is dropped down a pit shaft onto one of the workers below.

This is called 'A flat miner'

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