Previous experiments have shown that tamarin monkeys prefer silence to Mozart, and they don’t respond emotionally to human music the way people do. But when a psychologist and a musician collaborated to compose music based on the pitch, tone and tempo of tamarin calls, they discovered that the species-specific music significantly affected monkey behavior and emotional response….“If we play human music, we shouldn’t expect the monkeys to enjoy that, just like when we play the music that David composed, we don’t enjoy it too much.”
Click the above link to listen to clips of the songs they played to the monkeys. ‘Song’ has been seen in birds, whales, and gibbons (and humans), but that’s it. If you read the original research article (in Biology Letters), they mention that cotton-top tamarins and marmosets prefer slow tempos but are indifferent to human music; the question that they tried to answer was why the monkeys would be responsive to tempos and not music. When are we going to create the academic field of ‘non-human culture’?