Presenting Your Favorite Songs in Meatball Form

Presenting Your Favorite Songs in Meatball Form

Beatballs translates specific songs into different carnivorous recipes based on unique musical attributes

Melanie Ehrenkranz
  • 5 september 2014

The fusion of food and technology has brought us gems like glow-in-the-dark ice cream, inflatable dough balloons and synthetic food. Now, a group of students from Sweden is exploring how to convert music into food. This meaty project, dubbed Beatballs, uses programming, design, and a dash of absurdity to generate meatball recipes customized to your music taste. Beyonce’s ‘XO’? You’re going to need to start with 500g of minced beef.

Why not? You normally cook to music, but with Beatballs, music tells you what to cook. Let’s start with meatballs.

Beatballs is a project created by 54 students from the Interactive Art Director program at Hyper Island in Stockholm who developed a code that translates specific songs into different meatball recipes based on tempo, cadence, mood, key, and other tuneful attributes.


To find out what your favorite song tastes like, just enter in an artist or track title on the Beatballs web app. I tested it out. Within seconds, I had a list of ingredients as well as instructions on how to cook up Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’. See below:


  • 500g Minced Chicken
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 dl Breadcrumbs
  • 1 dl Milk
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 3 tbsp Cream
  • 3 cloves of Garlic (finely chopped)


  • Mix the
    Breadcrumbs with all liquid ingredients, and leave to soak for about 10
  • Combine
    the Minced Chicken with the bread mixture.
  • Add the rest of
    the ingredients and mix well.
  • Shape small
    meatballs and fry over medium-high heat for 5-7 mins. (Dampening your
    hands makes it easier to shape the meatballs.)
  • Serve with
    preferred sides.

The Beatballs team also built a prototype of a machine made with Arduino and recycled objects. The Beatballizer takes the recipes from the web app and then mixes, rolls, and cooks the meatballs simply by pressing “play” on your phone. Check it out:

The Beatballs project is currently seeking to raise $350,000 on Kickstarter.


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