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Ben Houge at le Laboratoire Cambridge

  • Le Laboratoire Cambridge 650 East Kendall Street Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

BEN HOUGE Food Opera: Exploring Audiogustatory Correspondences

Ben Houge will present his concept of "food opera," a new genre for multisensory expression that seeks to connect diners in unexpected ways. As part of the presentation, he will share music designed to pair with a cocktail created and exclusively offered for sale at this talk by Cafe ArtScience's award winning bartender Todd Maul.

As usual, the talk is free.  Please note the exclusive and optional paired cocktail will be on sale upon arrival for $13.

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Ben Houge is an artist working at the intersection of music composition, digital art, video games, performance, and gastronomy. In recent years, he has been developing a series of multisensory dining experiences he calls "food operas," drawing on recent technological advances to achieve an unprecedentedly close pairing of music with a meal. He has collaborated with chefs including Jason Bond of Bondir in Cambridge and Jozef Youssef of Kitchen Theory in London, in addition to presenting his work at academic conferences, institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, and MIT, and to R&D teams at some of the world's leading restaurants, including the Fat Duck and Mugaritz.

Houge's eclectic art practice has its roots in classical composition while also drawing from over twenty years of experience developing audio for the inherently indeterminate medium of video games. From 2004 to 2010, he lived in Shanghai, China, where he worked for French video game developer Ubisoft and was active in the Chinese art community, and his real-time, multichannel sound work has been exhibited internationally.

Ben is an associate professor in the Electronic Production and Design department at Berklee College of Music. From 2013 to 2015, he relocated to Spain, to help establish the Music Production, Technology, and Innovation master's program at Berklee's new campus in Valencia, where he developed a course that explored food and music pairings, in which students presented their final projects as part of an eight-course tasting menu at Quique Dacosta's Michelin-starred restaurant El Poblet.


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