Regardless of the musical genre, I think we can all agree that we all love some form of music, am I right? But our appreciation of rhythm and rhyme might not be exclusive; as according to multiple research, animals can also enjoy music.
Believe it or not, there is something called ”Zoomusicology” – the science that studies the music of animals and how these beings respond to sounds, and what effects they generate.
So, to answer the question of whether animals have music taste, we will turn to science – and to the results that experts have found through their research – So, let’s see these informative experiments.
Goldfish Love Bach And Stravinsky
Research conducted in Japan showed that goldfish could – indeed – distinguish between Bach and Stravinsky. The two songs used were: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata & Fugue and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The fish were to bite string with food depending on the song. Half of the fish were trained to bite when listening to Bach; the other half was trained to do the same under the music of Stravinsky. Guess what? They succeeded.
Cows Produce More Milk With Slower Musical Rhythms
A group from the University of Leicester in England did the test. They exposed ruminants to fast, slow and quiet music for 12 hours a day for nine weeks. They found that slower rhythms produced 3% more milk, which is always good for the farmer to know.
Crocodiles Also Love Bach
One group of fearless researchers tested whether Nile crocodiles could tell the difference between music and simple sounds. For this experiment, they used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Whit this they measured the brain activity of crocodiles, finding different patterns when they listened to Bach compared to when they listened to any other melody, implying that they could differentiate between musical sounds.
But, Do Animals Actually Enjoy Music?
The most conclusive evidence that animals like music come from studies where the – animals – are free to choose the music they want to play.
In a study conducted with monkeys in 2007, they were allowed to choose what they wanted to listen to – by moving to different parts of a chamber – they chose lullabies instead of techno music. However, if given the choice of silence, they preferred.
In another study conducted in 2014, researchers played three types of international music outside of a large chimpanzee enclosure. It was found that the 16 chimpanzees that participated preferred West African Akan music and North Indian Raga music over Japanese Taiko music.
Taken together, the science suggests that animals – particularly mammals – do haves some musical preference. However, the reason why they like music is still a mystery.
Notably, Spotify has playlists just for pets, specifically dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and even iguanas. Crazy, right? It’s very simple; first, you must select the type of pet. Then you answer a series of questions – about their personality – and Spotify takes care of the rest, creating a playlist that your animal friend will love.