Music to Tame the Savage Beast
A Cats’ Chorus?
October will see the and we are not talking about a photograph album! The musical, or should we say mewsical, compilation has been created to calm distressed cats.
The new album is being released by Universal Music and will be the first of its kind to be published by a major music label. It will feature five tracks which are a combination of sounds and classical music. The music was composed by scientist and cellist David Teie who has performed with rock group Metallica.
The album was inspired by research which has showed that cats do respond to music and that they establish their taste in sounds from what they hear when they are kittens such as the suckling of milk. Being taken back to their youth by certain sounds and music has a calming effect.
The project first got off the ground with the help of crowdfunding. Over 10,000 backers raised £181,000 to support the project. The tracks are designed to appeal to cats but can also be enjoyed by humans as the special sounds aimed at the cats are recorded in a low register.
The music has been tested on felines and has elicited a variety of response. Some cats leave the room whilst others love it so much that they wrap themselves around the speakers! It would appear that cats are choosey about their sounds, just like people. It has proved to be abused and feral cats which have demonstrated the most favourable responses. Perhaps domesticated animals have become used to their owners’ musical choices, even if they are Metallica!
The music is being made available, free of charge, to animal shelters where it is hoped that the feline residents will benefit greatly from their new form of entertainment. It is believed that the music could help cats to interact with people more quickly than they otherwise would.
Years in the Making
David Teie has been working on the project for more than a decade and has expressed his delight that it has finally yielded dividends.
"It’s insane," he said. "I’ve been doing this for 10 to 12 years and people wonder why I spend my time doing it but this is a culmination of all that......I hope in 100 years people will have to be taught that music was once only for humans. Reptiles don’t have the brain structures for it, but all mammals are
ripe for music."
The next enterprise could be an album for dogs. Most animals will have a response to music and so the possibilities are endless. But for the time being it is stressed cats which are being given a specially developed musical treat. One wonders whether the music will be available on Spotify! It would be interesting to test it against other music to see if it really does make a difference.