WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) ─ David Teie, an accomplished orchestral cellist, put his theory on music appreciation in mammals into action by launching a Kickstarter campaign to compose an album designed to appeal specifically to cats.
Teie’s campaign became a massive success raising over $200,000, 10 times itsoriginal goal, after just a month on Kickstarter.
Teie’s research was founded on the principle that all mammals develop an appreciation for music based on sounds present in the early stages of their development.
“Most of [humans’] sense of music comes from the womb. We form an understanding of rhythm from our mother’s pulse,” Teie said in his Kickstarter campaign video. “But cats establish theirs after birth through the sounds around them, like birds chirping or suckling for milk.”
He incorporated these sounds along with cats natural vocalizations and matched it to their frequency range to create Music for Cats.
His theory was backed up by a scientific study as well as by sending his music to famous Internet cats.
Teie says he chose cats over other mammals because they are commonly kept as pets and University of Wisconsin research confirmed their appreciation for species specific music.
The Kickstarter is set to close on Nov. 28, but the album has been confirmed for delivery and Teie stated that production has begun.