When You Win a Grammy, You Get to Write Pop Songs for Dogs

After years of slogging, the guys in fun. were finally vindicated with a couple of Grammy wins in 2013.  That was cool enough, but now the band’s Andrew Dost has a a new gig: writing music for dogs.  You heard me.

DogTV–yes, a TV network just for dogs–hired Andrew to write some psychoacoustic music for their, um, viewers.  He returned with an untitled four minute piece that features harp, piano and synths.  It had its debut Monday during a relaxation segment.

Er, okay.  Owners are supposed to keep the channel on when they go to work.  Relaxation is for those alone times while there are also blocks of programming for stimulation and exposure.

Here’s what Dost said in a statement:  “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.”

I can attest to this line of thinking.  As the owner of two dogs, I know that they’re quite fond of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports.

Dost has donated his pay to A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue, a shelter in Detroit.  And if you want to stream DogTV online, go here.  Of course, you’ll need to buy the pooch an iPad…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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