Friday, July 20, 2012

Theme on the catatonic note

Played some Messiaen to the cats last night, and they didn't like it. Not a bit of it. I believe they may have performed the feline equivalent of 'throwing ones hands into the air and ran screaming in the other direction', in fact. Which is odd, considering that Messiaen always uses a lot of birdsong in his music.

Normally, when the cats hear birdsong, they get all excited and want to eat something, ideally the bird. You would have thought that on hearing this, they would have wanted to eat Messiaen. Apparently not.

Try this experiment at home with your own cats. Play a bit of Messiaen to them. Do they try to eat the computer? Do they try to eat you? Or do they throw their hands up and running screaming in the opposite direction? What about you?


Anonymous said...

In the summer of 1986 in Finland I play Quartet for the End of Time by Messiaen to some geese...I did thiz for 3 days whole, and noting happen much. I plyed muzic of Zoltan Kodaly (cello music manly) to a tortoise in autumn 1991, and agen notin happen. Pwease tell me what I should do? Yes?


Fwenkel Schamfvist

TimT said...

I find it is useful to play music to a tortoise while displaying them an oleographic rendition of the same on a canvas, or perhaps some Kandinsky. Their ears are very small (have you ever seen tortular ears?) and they must find it incredibly difficult to hear music without some visual aids.

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone,

I am a practising artist who works solely inspired by birdsong. Using only my feet and toe dexterity I paint large abstract murals and trompe-l'oeils...I can only work when I directly hear birdsong, particularly the West Sechzuan Meadow Pippit, the Smolensk Greater Grebe, the West Walsall Warbler, the Pink Lesser Tit, and the Spot Crested Drongo (Australia).


Frank Spunklerk Knobbins

Anonymous said...

Goodf joke,

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