In recent years, the exploration of multisensory experiences has gained significant attention in the culinary industries. This project focuses on the potential of leveraging virtual reality (VR) to alter and augment the flavours and qualities of beverages and food – specifically wine in our case – through the integration of music and visuals.

Virtual reality provides a unique opportunity to engage multiple senses simultaneously, creating immersive and interactive experiences. By incorporating carefully curated music and synchronized visuals into the VR environment, it becomes possible to enhance the overall sensory perception and enjoyment of wine and food.

Studies have shown that auditory and visual stimuli can significantly influence taste perception. Music, with its inherent emotional and psychological impact, has the power to shape our sensory experiences. Similarly, visuals, including colors, shapes, and movements, can evoke specific associations and affect our perception of flavors and qualities.

In the context of wine the integration of music and visuals in VR can create a harmonious and multisensory environment that complements the taste and aroma profiles. For instance, a rich and full-bodied red wine might be accompanied by a symphony with deep and resonant tones, accompanied by visuals showcasing warm hues and swirling patterns. This synchronization can enhance the perception of the wine’s richness, depth, and complexity.

Moreover, VR enables customization and personalization, allowing individuals to tailor their experiences based on their preferences. Users can choose different music genres or visual themes to create unique combinations that resonate with their taste preferences, ultimately amplifying their enjoyment and appreciation of the beverage or food.

However, it is important to note that the success of this approach relies on careful curation and synchronization of music and visuals to ensure coherence. Additionally, individual variations in sensory perception and cultural backgrounds must be considered to create a more inclusive and diverse range of experiences.

In conclusion, the integration of music and visuals in virtual reality presents a promising avenue for altering and augmenting the flavours and qualities of wine and food. This multidimensional approach has the potential to create immersive and personalized experiences that heighten sensory perception and elevate the overall enjoyment of culinary delights. Further research and experimentation are needed to explore the full extent of this emerging field and its practical applications in the food and beverage industry.

SetupPhysical and digital environment

Physical setup
Equipment and hardware

WorkflowFrom the physical to the digital

Trigger sequence for VR visuals
Audio routing and OSC workflow