Score one for the dogs. DogTV, the nascent television network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music. The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano, and repetitive electronic undertones, 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; he's donating his pay to a shelter in his hometown Detroit.
The music accompanies video recorded in Yosemite and together are designed to reduce the stress and anxiety dogs experience when they are home alone. DogTV has three kinds of programming: relaxation, stimulation, and exposure. Relaxation segments, like the Yosemite video with Dost's music, are for canines that might be home alone and a little too zealous and overactive. But for dogs lacking stimulation, the channel airs segments showing action and animation to add pep. The exposure segments include everyday sights and sounds dogs might find on the street. (Read more fun. stories.)