Animals Making Moosic is still on vacation, but this delightful video might get your heart fluttering once more for our cute, furry and musically gifted friends.

AMM returns in full swing this November. But for now, enjoy!

Animals Making Moosic is going on HOLIDAYS! So, you won’t be hearing from this blog for a couple of months.

To get us into holiday mood, here is a silly techno-remix of animals pretending to play instruments.

Au Revoir (for a little while)!

Human/Animal Music Timeline

Human/Animal Music Timeline

Not so impressed.

Not so impressed.

And people say we monkey around


Similar to my previous post on cat music and a feline’s response to the music created by its own species - this time round, we’ll be looking at monkeys.

Monkeys couldn’t care less about human music as it does not affect them emotionally or alter their behaviour in any way, shape or form. Musician David Teie and psychologist Charles Snowdon wanted to explore this further and thus began to create music composed by the structure and pitch of Tamarin monkey calls. They realised that the ‘species-specific’ music composed significantly impacts the behaviour and emotions of Tamarin monkeys; observed by both Teie and Snowdon. 


While composing the songs, Teie imitated monkey calls with his cello then electronically boosted up the sounds three octaves higher to reach a pitch that matched the monkeys’ voices. When played back to the monkeys, their reactions were observed as below.

Fearful Monkey Music - Click here to listen

"Monkeys reacted to this by increasing their movement. They moved faster through their environment. And they also showed increase in a whole variety of behaviours we have associated with anxiety." - Charles Snowdon

Happy Monkey Music - Click here to listen

"This is a rhythm that approaches the resting heart rate of a tamarin and had this calming effect on them even though the pum-pum-pum in the background was maybe a bit faster than we would expect as humans for this music." - David Teie

This post gives cred to NPR and Wired Mag.


There are no words to describe this. It just is what it is.


N.B. Elephants were not harmed during the recording of this video or the training process. This blog does not support any kind of animal abuse.

What happens when you place large percussion instruments in front of an elephant herd? An elephant orchestra, of course!

Elephant conservationist and Thai Elephant Orchestra conductor Richard Lair has worked with as many as 16 elephants at a time to build musical awareness within their herd. Click here to watch a performance of the Thai Elephant Orchestra. Improvisation is at the heart of their performance. If you watch/listen carefully you will see that they are thinking musically, in terms of rhythm, timing and structure - and they are also following command!

This heavyweight orchestra has already released three CDs through Mulatta Records, their most recent - Water Music (2011). They’ve got much more of an indie-vibe than most hipster bands - so give them a spin!


How does it work? A human conductor cues the elephants when to enter and when to stop. The musical decisions between these cues are up to each individual elephant. The elephants do not begin to play spontaneously, unless one of their friends is already playing. Often, the elephant will continue long after the conductor has asked them to stop.

Fuck Yeah!

Fuck Yeah!


This adorable Kitty can’t seem to get enough of the piano, completely enthralled by the sounds it is producing!

He has obviously made the connection between the pressing of the keys and the sounds heard, and continues to play for hours on end.

So musically aware!

Ever thought of purchasing music for your favourite feline?

Well now you can, with A website that is built especially for YOUR cat’s enjoyment of music.

A little bit creepy? Perhaps. 

Musician and Composer, David Teie has composed a number of these ‘tracks’. Imitations of feline vocal communication (purrs, meows, screeches) and sounds of their environment are musically bound to create songs that would potentially appeal to domestic cats and affect their behaviour and their emotions.

He has even created GENRES for said cat songs:


Jokes aside, there has been much research and science put into this project, which he likes to call ‘species-specific music’. He has also similarly experimented with monkey sounds/music (to be discussed in a future post).

After recognising the differences amongst mammalian interpretations and absorption of sound, through his experimentation with animals and music, he carefully constructs sounds that latch onto ‘species-specific’ aural interests. His studies show that animals are more likely to respond to music of their own kind, rather than human music. He has conducted this research working alongside psychologist Charles T. Snowdon.

To end this blog post, I shall leave you with a quote taken from the website:

"A hundred years from now people will have to be taught that music was once available only to humans."


*Sorry, they’re $1.99