'Music For Cats' Kickstarter Raises Over $210,000 Of $20,000 Goal

25 November 2015 | 10:02 am | Staff Writer

Prepare to have some happy kitties

Before you scoff and stubbornly tell us how much cats suck, there is actual science behind this.

David Teie, who is pretty much the kindest and smartest human being in the world in our eyes, has concocted a theory (and raised a lot of money) in order to create an album that is "scientifically proven to enrich cats' lives". What a guy.

The classically trained musician's KickStarter campaign aimed to raise $20,000 but the cat-lovers of the world have banded together to raise the cause over $210,000, with three days still to go.

Teie's research is pretty damn interesting.

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He writes, "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.

"My first project was composing music for monkeys. Because of their high-pitched voices and fast pulse, I wrote songs at higher pitch and with a faster pace than human music. To test the music, I teamed up with University of Wisconsin psychology professor Charles Snowdon and played those two songs for cotton-top tamarins. It worked! They relaxed for the tranquil tunes and jumped around during the heavy metal music. The scientific community took notice and my theory was published by the Royal Society as well as Oxford University Press."

Teie expanded his research to dogs and cats, in the hopes that one day he could create a sustainable business selling animal music that animal-lovers would buy.

"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."

With a wealth of research and trial-and-error behind him, Teie's KickStarter page explains his methods and even videos and recordings showing how he makes the music. And now with over ten times the amount he wanted to make his project fully shine, you're gonna have some happy purring kitties soon. 

Check out www.musicforcats.com here.