ANIMALS REACTING TO MUSIC

Although I’d love to say that the above video is a true representation of the dog’s reaction to Spanish music, it unfortunately is not.

Entertaining nonetheless!

There are however some stories of the ways in which animals have reacted to music. Listed below are some examples gathered from The Guardian's 'Notes and Queries' section.

Music Makes the Milk Flow:
Apparently, it is common for dairy farmers to have loudspeakers installed in their milking parlours. This is done so that they can play some relaxing music to the cows during the milking process. Songs from musicians such as Simon and Garfunkel or Beethoven helps to relax the cows, allowing their milk to flow more freely. To read about this further, check out BBC's article Sweet Music for Milking.

Hipster Horse:
An owner noticed his horse respond enthusiastically to drum and bass music. The owner notes that the horse went insane whilst listening to the Dutch-trio Noisia, by running around in circles and neighing on the offbeat.

Jazz Cat:
Another owner noticed her pet cat to respond to jazz. The cat used to do ‘head-over-heels’ whilst purring very loudly when her owner played jazz records.

Don’t Yodel At Me:
A very unhappy pup is not a fan Slim Whitman and his yodelling, and expresses this by howling every time she hears any of his songs.

Own Experience:
Every single time I play the piano at home, my pet dog jumps on the couch next to the piano to sit calmly and listen. She gazes at the piano adoringly. Once I’ve finished playing, she leaves the room.

For the full list of these stories, head along to The Guardian's website.


Aussie Humpbacks Trending Tracks

Radiohead may be setting trends in the human world of music, but when it comes to the ocean, tis the WHALES!

Australian Humpback whales, to be exact.

                                         

According to ABC News, researchers have noticed that Australian Humpback whales are setting musical trends in the South Pacific. The whale songs produced by those in Australian waters have trended amongst pods across a 6,000 kilometre stretch of water. Humpback whales in the French Polynesia have now taken a liking to the songs, imitating them as though it were their own repertoire. 

Even though it has been proven that each whale song is usually quite distinct (for mating purposes), it is predicted that Humpback whales willingly picked up the ‘Aussie’ songs while sharing migration routes. PhD candidate, Ellen Garland likens this ‘cultural change’ amongst whales, to the changes in popular music and fashion trends of the human world.

To read the full news article from ABC News, click here.

To watch whales making music with humans, check out this Optus Commercial I found a while back.

FACT: Whale songs have previously been likened to Classical pieces, including Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. HOW? Well, the whale song is actually one of the most complexly structured songs of non-human animals. It uses theme and variation, rhyme-like structures, thematic material and a generous use of repetition! It is through these same elements that Mozart, along with many other Classical composers, has structured his own compositions.
Humpback whales are also known to be the only species whose song develops in such a uniform and systematic manner.

This post gives cred to Researchers: (Doolittle, 2007) (Payne, 2001) and ABC News. 


PIANO POOCH

What is going on in this little guy’s head?

Could he possibly be registering the sounds and patching them up in his head to combine them with his own voice?

He’s even got the piano-player-sway happening. Move over Ray Charles!

Some avant-garde music right there.


THE LYREBIRD - SOUND IMITATIONS

Everybody loves a little bit of David Attenborough.

If it weren’t for Attenborough’s involvement in the recording of this video, the sounds produced by the lyrebird would probably be questioned, let alone believed. The lyrebird’s song is a pastiche of a number of sounds dispersed in its environment - including both artificial and natural sounds - all produced through mimicry.

HOW, you may ask?

Well, the lyrebird’s syrinx (bird-equivalent to vocal chords) is one of the most complexly-muscled of the songbirds. This is what allows the bird to create such unique vocal repertoire. They can mimic other bird calls, the sounds of other animals, human noises, machinery, musical instruments and so much more. Channel Seven News were also impressed with the lyrebird’s capabilities. Click here to watch their news story on the lyrebird.

Musically speaking, the lyrebird’s creativity is astounding. Its creative mind not only registers the sounds heard, but rearranges these motifs to reproduce them in their own call, through appropriation and imitation. 

TRUE STORY: Park-ranger, Neville Fenton, recorded a lyrebird’s song in 1969 around New England National Park, NSW. It was noted that the song resembled a flute-like melody. After researching into the area, Fenton discovered that in the 1930s, a flute player once lived on the farm adjoining the park and used to play tunes near his pet lyrebird. The lyrebird, having adopted the tunes into its own repertoire preserved this memory, releasing them till the day it was recorded. As lyrebirds can carry two tunes at the same time, Norman Robinson filtered out one of the tunes to reveal that the other represented two popular tunes in the 1930s: The Kneel Row and Mosquito’s Dance.

Thinking twice about zoomusicology yet?

This post gives cred to Researcher: (Reilly, 1968) and Musicologist: (Rothenberg, 1968)


Fact #1 Animal Psychology

It is assumed that the sounds produced by animals have a purely ‘biological’ or ‘functional’ purpose, leading people to believe that animals do not have the mental capacity to creatively produce music for pleasure. To a certain degree, this is true!

However, as the years have rolled by, so too have peoples’ way of thinking. Thanks to scientists like George Romanes and psychologists like Ibn al-Haytham, research into animal psychology has revealed that animals in fact share more of our mental capabilities and emotional depth than previously thought. The idea of zoomusicology brings together this idea of animal psychology with musicology.

An 11th Century Arabic psychologist, Ibn al-Haytham looked into the effects of music on animals. He discovered that a Camel’s pace could be hastened or retarded with the use of music - and he took the same experiment to other animals including; horses, birds and reptiles. I tried to find a YouTube clip showing the impact music has on the camel walk - but all I could find was this. To find out more about his ideas and thoughts - read Treatise on the Influence of Melodies on the Souls of Animals.

Something to think about. 

What do you think?

This post gives cred to Researcher: (Doolittle 2007)


THE INTERNET ANIMAL ORCHESTRA

I thought I’d start with something a little ridiculous.

Thanks to the guys at rathergood.com, animal sounds have been collected, edited, rearranged and auto-tuned to create this masterpiece.

And of course, artists need their credits. The entire list of animals (artists) involved in the making of this clip is available here.

Plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of auto-tune?


Welcome to Animals Making Moosic!

Welcome!

Animals Making Moosic is a blog purely dedicated to our furry, scaley, rugged friends who are exiled from the music world.

Zoomusicology is one of the most underrated musicologies in the world. Up until today, music has been regarded as a purely ‘human’ activity. Who says animals can’t make music?

Stay updated and keep checking to see the most fascinating, and at times, the most ridiculous musical discoveries within the animal kingdom.