Campo Viejo wine notes recreated as musical notes by 'synaesthete' Nick Ryan

The taste of wine has been recreated as sound by 'synaesthete' and composer Nick Ryan, with audio representations of Campo Viejo forming the crux of an experiential campaign targeting wine-loving Londoners.

Campo Viejo: the sound of wine
Campo Viejo: the sound of wine

Ryan, whose synaesthesia means he can translate his sense of taste into an audio composition, has reproduced the taste notes of the Campo Viejo label’s wines as musical notes. Here’s the sound of the Reserva wine.

The Campo Viejo Soundscape experience will go live in London from 1-4 May at the Campo Viejo Streets of Spain festival at London’s Southbank Centre, where visitors will be able to taste wines as specific compositions are played.

Ryan said: "My synaesthesia means that I experience sounds that I involuntarily associate with what I’m seeing in front of me and therefore I understand how one sense can be associated with another. This is why Campo Viejo challenged me to match its tasting notes and wines with sound."

He said that the sounds would enhance people’s understanding of what they can taste. In producing the soundscapes, he used a cellist and various production and instrumentation techniques, including using bowed wine vessels to create music.

Client: Lucy Bearman, head of marketing, Pernod Ricard UK

Brand: Campo Viejo

Creative: Nick Ryan