This week, a Kickstarter campaign launched by David Teie, a cellsit from Washington D.C., smashed through it's original $20,000 goal, raising over $200,000 to give him the means to produce an entire album of music "scientifically proven to enrich cats' lives."
This may sound like an article from The Onion, but we can assure you it's not.
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Teie's original theories on music appreciation in mammals were founded on the principle that all mammals develop an appreciation for music based on sounds present in the early stages of their development.
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He told The New York Times that if those theories were right, and our response to the "emotional vocalizations, pulses, and heartbeats that we first hear in the womb establishes our sense of music," then he should "be able to write music for another species that's effective for that species."
However, unlike humans, who establish their sense of music in the womb, "cats establish theirs after birth through the sounds around them, like birds chirping or suckling for milk."
Taking that knowledge into consideration, Teie wrote two songs back in 2008 that reportedly "would have been major hits on the cat-music Billboard charts, if there were such a thing."
Using only musical instruments, I incorporated those sounds and their natural vocalizations into music and matched it to the frequency range they use to communicate. The reason harp plays notes play in rapid succession (23 per second!) is because that's the precise rate of a cat's purr.
The Washington Post reported that "'Rusty's Ballad' and 'Cozmo's Air' prompted positive responses from 77 percent of cats in a study published in February in Applied Animal Behaviour Science" which was pretty impressive, "considering that just 38 percent responded positively to classical masterpieces such as J.S. Bach's 'Air on the G String.'"
Basically, cats really, really liked Teie's music, so he set out to develop new techniques to "use instruments both real and virtual to create approximations of cat sounds, and then create compositions that are pleasing and novel to the animals."
But Teie says his kitty ditties go way beyond the desire to have an enormous feline fanbase. Ultimately, his mission is to "bring the beauty and comfort of music to as many species as possible."
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Now that Teie has the necessary funding, the album will definitely be produced. Hopefully, you might even be able to get your paws on one in the near future.
Now for the most important question: When can we expect to see "Pitch Pawfect" starring Anna Catrick in theaters? Okay, we'll stop.
Do animals really love music? Watch this video to find out more: