Animals might be music lovers, but how can we know? Is the ability to perceive and appreciate music a shared human and animal experience?
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I once had a cat who would jump up beside me on the piano bench whenever I was at the point of practice where the song sounded good.
One day, we had a piano tuner at the keys. The cat walked in, looked at the stranger on the bench, and started hissing and freaking out. Bless that kitty.
Why we like music? It's soul resonance.
I play music based on how I am feeling or how I want to feel at the moment and in doing so I connect to the music with my entire being. Wanting to follow along any way I can. Whether that is singing along, picking out an instrument and humming to it's melody, or just following the beat with my foot or hand whatever is free to move. The lyrics don't even have to be english. As long as the emotion I'm sensing from notes being sung match my own emotions, well... that's soul resonance. That's the best way I can put it.
I started thinking about that when i was at a friends house who has horses and the walked all different ways until i put on a music and at the end all 5 horses were with me. But then when i turned it off they walked away
While y'all acknowledge that there is a big focus on western music, these studies don't seem to take into account how humans are socialized into their musical tastes. From what I understand, people develop their taste in music though childhood and adolescence, and by the time they're adults their taste stops developing. And this taste is strongly influenced by the culture in which one is raised. It makes sense that animals prefer silence: If you weren't raised with music to begin with, it would be unlikely for you to develop musical taste at all. Their brains weren't trained to process music and as adults they would have no capacity for it. It thus seems that instead of questioning whether or not animals like music, these researchers should be asking if they can raise an animal to like music.
I saw a video of an umbrella cockatoo dancing to Rockin Robin - and on different parts of the song he would do different dance moves. There was no human giving him queues or training. He just loved to dance and knew how to identify and react to different parts of the song.
Whenever I practice singing, my one cat Ziggy comes out of wherever she was sleeping and sits near me and closes her eyes and just listens and seems to enjoy it. My other cat Reggie doesn't do this, so I can't help but think Ziggy just likes the way I sound and thus likes music.
My house cat Catherine would sit or lay down right in front of the stereo whenever Iron Maiden, Danzig and other heavy metal was playing. Once I played Enya or Enigma she'd walk away and give me this nasty annoyed look. She loved heavy metal for sure.
The way he talks about this "science" reminds me all too much of crazy cat ladies turning on their radio and squealing "See?! They like it!". Also, I've always found that "everything points to the womb" theory to be disgusting and unfounded, a completely unfalsifiable guess that's unworthy of mention outside of ridiculing it.
My cat responds positively (or more accurately, inquisitively), when I play bright, major chords and higher pitched notes on the guitar. She seems to really enjoy A, D, and G major. She doesn't respond as much to minor chords.
Seriously, I have a cat that likes for me to play the saxophone for her. I was surprised. When I play something that she especially approves of she will rub up against me and even rub up against the saxophone, purring all the while. She likes recorded music too. I think the tonality of the saxophone is similar to some vocalizations of cats. My Jazz Cat likes alto sax best, smooth jazz or slow blues, funk not so much. I have two other cats that go to another room. By the way, the Jazz Cat is an orange or ginger tabby. I've seen a couple of others do the same in saxophone videos.
My rabbits and birds like various music depending on each one. Some like certain bands and some certain genders. One rabbit hates flute another likes it. The birds like musicals, European metal, Japanese music and Classical best.
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