On 03/12/15, Tom Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Tom Miller's MUSIC FOR CATS Album (2005):
Dear Professor Snowdon,
I was delighted to read about your research work regarding Music for Cats.
In particular, the topic struck my attention because I had written an album called "Music For Cats" in 2005, well before the site musicforcats.com came into existence.
I am not making any claims, by the way. This is not a Marvin Gaye vs. Robin Thicke letter. However, I would love to share that my album (which does not have cat purrs on it) was made, in an unscientific way, by interacting with my cat and restricting the music to that which caused the cat pleasure.
After completing the album, I tried it out on other cats, all to the same effect. I have never intended to make money on it, and I have never had any empirical studies be performed on it. But I am willing to bet my album is far more pleasing to cats than the music you used in your study.
If you have a spare cat or two running around, I'd be delighted to have your observation with regards to my earlier recording, which was a hands-on cat-approved effort. And I think it's only fair since one musician, who crafted a cat-oriented album much later than I, does not a sample make.
Affectionately and respectfully submitted,
-- Tom Miller
American Performance Artist, Musician, Cat Aficionado
Professor Snowdon Replies...
I am copying my answer to my collaborator David Teie since he was the composer of the music we used. I don't think that either of us was aware of your album and I'm sorry we did not know of it sooner. It would have been good to compare your music with David's.
I formally retired two years ago and don't have any plans for future work with cats (and after discovering a cat allergy 35 years ago have not owned cats since the last one died).
I was involved in this study as an independent evaluator. I have no financial interests whatsoever in musicforcats.com and David had no role to play in the design execution or analysis of the results. We have tried very hard to maintain a firewall between those of us who did the testing and David's compositions and his website.
I hope that you and David can communicate with each other and it is clear you both have similar interests in finding ways to enrich the lives of cats.