27 Feb '15, 8pm

Scientists make music for cats

Scientists make music for cats

If your cat is the type to enjoy kicking back with a glass of kitty Cabernet while listening to some soothing tunes, you're in luck. Scientists have developed what they say is the first species-specific music for domestic cats by replicating sounds like purrs and meows to create original music. Psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied cats' natural vocalizations, and musicians at the University of Maryland matched them to music within the same frequency range. The songs were written in three different styles — kitty ditties, cat ballads and feline airs — and all the music was recorded with traditional instruments and human voices. Although some songs seem to incorporate birdcalls or meows, no actual animals were used. Each style of cat-centric music is designed to evoke a particular mood in feline listeners while still being pleasant to human ears. For ...

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