Herbs and Spices brand Schwartz tries to capture the beauty of flavor sensations in visual form in this ad by Grey Europe (which, in its use of color, is reminiscent of Sony's Volcano spot for Bravia). Directed by Partizan's Chris Cairns to an original score penned by UK producer MJ Cole, the spot sees several tonnes of assorted herbs and spices (from black peppercorns to cinnamon powder to chillies) rigged to explode in sync to music. Pyrotechnic experts Machine Shop helped make the explosions come to life (you can see more in a Making Of film abou the project).
The installation, which was built at Pinewood Studios in the UK, incorporated eighteen different herbs and spice, each assigned to the notes based upon their different characteristics and colours. The size and volume of each eruption was also painstakingly adjusted to reflect the sound that it represented. For example, a bright and clean E-flat major chord became fresh green chives. While C, G and E-flat, were ascribed to fenugreek seeds, paprika and turmeric powder.