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RIP David Bowie

by coldwarrior ( 30 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Music, Open thread at January 11th, 2016 - 4:36 am

A True Rock Star Has Passed.


David Bowie dies from cancer aged 69: the music industry heard rumours he was unwell

The sad news is confirmed that the star musician has died, surrounded by his family, after an 18-month battle with cancer, aged 69

David Bowie

Saturday Open: The Lone Bellow

by coldwarrior ( 60 Comments › )
Filed under Music, Open thread at December 26th, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Have a great weekend!

The band is the Lone Bellow, the song is ‘Heaven Don’t Call Me Home’

They have quickly become a favorite in both Chez d’Coldwarrior and at Fortress Cold-Grand-parents.

Do check them out:



#Caturday, December 12, 2015: Music for Cats by David Teie

by 1389AD ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Music, Open thread at December 12th, 2015 - 12:01 am
Kickstarter Cat Music photo by David Teie
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.
Photo by David Teie/Kickstarter

UPI: Kickstarter campaign raises $200,000 for cat music

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.
More here…

National Geographic: Listen: Why Scientists Have Created Music Just for Cats

Most animals don’t groove to human beats, but they will respond to music that’s tailored to their hearing abilities, ongoing research shows.
Cats—the Music

Enter Music for Cats, the team’s latest project. Created by University of Maryland composer David Teie, these songs are meant for felines, whose vocalizations have more sliding qualities and pitch changes than do human speech or music.

The tempos for their meow mix includes purring and the sucking sound of kittens nursing. (See “What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised.“)

Listen to one of the two cat songs from Music for Cats.

The kitty ditties, cat ballads, and feline airs—as the various tunes are called—aren’t just cat sounds. They’re “actual music that has themes, repetitions, and variations,” Snowdon notes.

But are they music to cat ears? In recent experiments, Snowdon and Megan Savage—now a Ph.D. student at the University of Binghamton, in New York—visited the homes of 47 pet cats and played four sound samples in each home: two classical music clips and two “cat songs.”

The pets responded most positively to these custom cat compositions by approaching or rubbing up against the speaker more quickly than when they heard the other songs, according to the study, published in February in the journal Applied Animal Behavior.

Such cat music may have the benefit of calming stressed shelter cats or pet kitties left home alone, Snowdon notes.
More here.

Drumz, Guest Friday Open From MacDuff

by coldwarrior ( 34 Comments › )
Filed under Guest Post, Music, Open thread at November 20th, 2015 - 5:04 pm
As a respite from the constant drumbeat of horrors surrounding us, I’d like to offer a bit more refreshing drumbeat.  A palate cleanser, as it were.

When I was a teenager, I played the drums (much to the dismay of my parents, and neighbors).  Alas, the Navy and life, in general, took hold and those wonderful hours on the drumstool became just wonderful memories.  My fascination with drummers, particularly those who could make the hairs stand up on my arms never waned.  To this day, whenever I attend a concert, my attention is focused on the drummer; the unsung hero of the band, in my eyes.  I’m also a rock guy, weened on music from the late 60s/early 70s.  Though my taste in music became more eclectic with time, I always go back to rock.
That said, at some point in my late teen years I heard the name “Buddy Rich”, they said he was the best.  I listened, I was impressed, but to truly understand the mastery of the drums, you have to SEE, and video just wasn’t available on demand back in the day.  At some point, I SAW Buddy Rich and the scales fell from my eyes while my skin became gooseflesh.  Rock has legendary drummers, but THIS MAN did things that were not only beyond my ability; they far exceeded my feeble COMPREHENSION!  Jazz drumming is infinitely more difficult than rock, but even among Jazz drummers, Buddy Rich stands alone at the pinnacle.  Truly, the best that ever lived.
Behold The Master and tremble before his greatness.