MUSIC FOR MONKEES!

Dy’er Sez: Just the fact that Mr. Teie thought of this is interesting (and makes one wonder what kind of, er, tobacco he’s stuffin’ in his pipe), but knowing he just may have pulled it off is simply intriguing.
Story (with sound files!) from NPR:

Music Written For Monkeys Strikes A Chord
by Richard Harris

Music has great power to alter our emotions — making us happy or sad, agitated or calm. Psychologists have tried in vain to figure out why that happens. Now, a composer says he’s has a clue. And he got it by writing music not for humans, but for monkeys.

David Teie plays cello with the National Symphony Orchestra and even on occasion with the heavy metal band Metallica. He’s also a composer.

Teie has been developing a theory to explain why music plays on human emotions. His theory is that music relates to the most primitive sounds we make and respond to, like laughter, heartbeats, or a mother’s cooing.

“When I thought I had all the pieces put into place, I figured any good theory is testable, so one of the ways to test it would be to see if I could write music that would be affective for species other than human,” he says.

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