Television: Some dogs just wanna have fun
LOS ANGELES -- Score one for the dogs.
DogTV, the 2-year-old television network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician An-
drew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network.
The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano and repetitive electronic under-
tones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment.
"I approached this composition project differently than I would for human ears. I made sure the range of frequencies and instrumentation were tailored to a dog’s unique sense of hearing and kept things musically more level and linear," Dost said in a statement.
The music accompanies a video recorded in Yosemite. Together they are designed to reduce the stress and anxiety dogs experience when they are home alone.
Dost is donating his pay to A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue, a shelter in his hometown of Detroit.
DogTV, a pay channel, debuted in April of 2012 with three kinds of programming: relaxation, stimulation and exposure.
Relaxation segments are for canines that might be home alone and a little too zealous and overactive. At times dogs might lack stimulation, so they will need segments showing action and animation to add pep. And through the exposure segments, dogs will be taught to feel more comfortable in their environment when they are exposed to everyday sights and sounds they might find on the street.
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