People love cats, that’s a given, the internet, your Facebook feed is full of cats and kittens. David Teie got the idea to start a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new project, music for cats, and did he expect to receive so much? Probably not, his goal was $20,000 and he has already raised more than $240,000! So his campaign is doing very very well.
What is exactly this music for cats? Teie explains he wrote two songs in 2008 that ‘would have been major hits on the cat-music Billboard charts, if there were such a thing’, because 77% of the cats had a positive reaction to the songs, according to a scientific study that was recently published in Applied Animal Behavior Science.
The video below is quite convincing, the cats seem to love it, but should I say that my cat is interested by any video on youtube with the sound of a purring furry buddy? Or with any noise made by an animal as a matter of fact, any bird chirping is always a success.
But Teie is a specialist, he is classically trained and has been a cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years. Based on what he discovered about humans and their response to music, he published a book about why music affects us entitled ‘Human Music’. Then he thought it was probably the same for any species. That’s why he got the idea to write songs that affect other species by taking into account the sounds they hear when their brains are developing. He wrote songs for monkeys, which he successfully tested on tamarins, and then wrote this new music for cats, a much more common pet than a little monkey… The music, which incorporates sounds of chirping of birds, sucking of milk and purring, didn’t really interest my own cat but may be it is an acquired taste? All the cats shown in his video obviously demonstrated some interest, if a cat ready to fall asleep at any minute can show any real interest. Felines get bored very easily, everyone knows this…
So Teie needs your money to make his first album and launch his company of music for animals – he eventually wants to make music for noble causes such as calming caged whales and relax abused dogs, things that should not exist in the first place.
‘That’s why I need your support to create our first album and to launch this company. This next generation of music will require us to use equipment equal to the exquisite, high-resolution hearing of cats. That means I’ll need to improve upon my current recording conditions, which you can see in this video’
What can I say, this campaign is a great success, they are even people who gave $1,000 to have a song named after their cat, isn’t it cute?
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