It’s cool for cats

David Teie’s Kickstarter is rather more fascinating than the usual:

I’ve been a cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years. In 2003, amidst my career as a classical musician, I developed a universal theory of music. I set out to discover why humans have an emotional response to music and found that it’s tied to the sounds we heard when our brains are developing. For example, it’s because we heard our mother’s pulse in the womb that we like drums in our music; the sound intrigues us because it evokes heartbeats. It’s no coincidence that our mother’s resting heart rate is almost exactly the same pace as music we find relaxing.

Hmmmm. Meanwhile, your cat could not possibly care less about what you’re listening to. However:

Unlike humans, felines establish their sense of music outside of the womb, through sounds heard after they’re born, like the chirping of birds, the sucking of milk, or the purring of their mother. 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.

Teie’s raised about three times his original $20,000 goal, perhaps simply because we’d like to indulge our cats. (Or the cats insist on it, which is almost the same.)

(Via HelloGiggles.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2015 · 10:09 am

    I always figured Hello Kitty was secretly a death-metal fan.

  2. McGehee »

    7 November 2015 · 8:39 am

    I taught my wife so well about the crooning of a mother cat nursing kittens she used it successfully to lure a stray 12-week-old kitten out of the bushes at a local Wendy’s. Said kitten, now 3 years old, lives with us quite tolerantly.

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