I’ve always wondered if my cat enjoyed a little music to relax to. Does he understand rhythm, tone, and melody? Maybe, maybe not.
Composer David Teie, a soloist with America’s National Symphony Orchestra, has begun creating music for cats. Believe it or not, Teie has a system in place to determine how to create feline music.
–Photo by Darrow Montgomery
According to his site,
“Music for Cats was born out of David Teie’s scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals. He contended that every species has an intuitive biological response to sounds present in their early development. Felines establish their sense of music through the sounds heard after they’re born: bird’s chirping, suckling for milk, or their mother’s purr. With this premise, Teie composed Music for Cats, incorporating feline-centric sounds and their natural vocalizations and matching it to a cat’s frequency range”
Every species has a biological response? Meaning you could make music for dogs, alligators, or even ridiculously cute koala bears?! Someone else needs to get in on this!
If you don’t believe Teie, the science is there to back it up
According to a study published by the University of Wisconsin,
“Science verified that Music for Cats resonates conclusively with its audience, writing that “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music.”
If you’re intrigued what it sounds like, listen here