Honey, I autotuned the cat
February 18, 2019 11:51 AM   Subscribe

This tweet is one of the strangest things I've heard in some time. I have no idea how he tuned his cat, or why.
posted by bonehead (38 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
 
"Yass" version no one asked for.

Awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:05 PM on February 18 [9 favorites]


At least he didn't tune a fish.
posted by jordantwodelta at 12:10 PM on February 18 [7 favorites]


[To be fully honest: how he tuned his cat is in the following tweet. Why remains a mystery however.]
posted by bonehead at 12:13 PM on February 18 [1 favorite]


You can't Tuna fish, FWIW, or so I was told in my youth...
posted by Windopaene at 12:16 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]




Overproduced. I'm into alternacat music. They record on vintage gear.
posted by spitbull at 12:18 PM on February 18 [5 favorites]


[To be fully honest: how he tuned his cat is in the following tweet. Why remains a mystery however.]

Yes! The question is not can one autotune a cat, but rather if one ought to tune a cat.
posted by otherchaz at 12:22 PM on February 18 [7 favorites]


Someone set it to some chill beats.

And so the technocat-pop chill nano-genre was born.
posted by bonehead at 12:26 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]


If ever a post demanded a

ZIPPITY BOP!

This was it.
posted by penguin pie at 12:28 PM on February 18 [3 favorites]


I suddenly have a powerful craving to see and hear GLADOS' snark synced to cat vids.  Oh. It's you…

Wheatley would have to be the family dog of course.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 12:29 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]


That person does not appreciate the fascinating dreams the cat is recounting.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:34 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]


Oh, hell yes.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 12:45 PM on February 18


It's no Jinglecats
posted by SystematicAbuse at 12:49 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]


how has it taken the internet THIS LONG to accomplish this very important work
now i know how it felt to behold a wheel in use for the first time
just
it's 2019
how did we not think to do this earlier GOD it's so OBVIOUS
posted by halation at 12:53 PM on February 18 [16 favorites]


You could play along on guitar if you had the tabbylature
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:57 PM on February 18 [34 favorites]


This is just how cats always sound, though. At least, it's how my cat always sounds…
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 12:58 PM on February 18


strangely my cats reacted with more alacrity to an autotuned beastie than to regular cat videos--they're both cateenagers, so I suppose that's culturally appropriate?
posted by zinful at 1:00 PM on February 18 [7 favorites]


I did not even realize how much I needed some help getting through the end of today, but here it is. We're all gonna make it!
posted by thelonius at 1:14 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]


This is very cool.
posted by carter at 1:19 PM on February 18


My cats NEEDED TO KNOW WHERE THOSE FREAKY CATS WERE RIGHT NOW, I MEAN RIGHT MEOW!
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:24 PM on February 18 [10 favorites]


[To be fully honest: how he tuned his cat is in the following tweet. Why remains a mystery however.]

(In Ian Malcolm's voice) "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
posted by mystyk at 1:31 PM on February 18 [4 favorites]


Also: add my cat to the list of cats that were strangely attracted to this autotuned beast call, coming over from the other side of the house and desperately trying to divine its secrets, even when normal cat sounds barely get an eye opened or an ear perked.
posted by mystyk at 1:33 PM on February 18 [10 favorites]


My cats also ran in to see what the heck was going on with that video. My female cat, Lydia Gwilt, spent about thirty seconds frozen, staring at me, no doubt meditating on what to do about the unprecedented evil I had introduced to the house.
posted by thomas j wise at 1:37 PM on February 18 [5 favorites]


"I don't know how this helps but I did it anyway" is probably, like, the mantra of every human trying to cope with a "cats are weird" situation.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:46 PM on February 18 [3 favorites]


Yep, my cat perked up like I've rarely seen him do, and he looked...scandalized? Yet curious? It was quite a mix.

Also, I too am angry that it took us this long, as a species, to autotune our cats.
posted by kalimac at 2:09 PM on February 18 [6 favorites]


It's all Bon Iver outtakes
posted by scruss at 2:18 PM on February 18 [6 favorites]


I have a husky around here somewhere...........
posted by fshgrl at 3:05 PM on February 18


I started playing it on my phone for the hubs, turned around and both kitters had appeared out of nowhere. They were Quite Alarmed. They still think Scary Alien Cat is somewhere in that room. Sorry!!

It makes me giggle, but I'm not a cat.
posted by cage and aquarium at 3:58 PM on February 18 [5 favorites]


Add me to the list of folks whose own kitties became alarmed and searching for the strange cat-like sounds emitting from my computer speakers.
posted by annieb at 4:54 PM on February 18 [1 favorite]


My cat did not even wake up for this.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 4:57 PM on February 18 [3 favorites]


I got a cat, a Siamese, and I'm gonna blow your minds as soon as my home girl fiestycakes downloads the app.
posted by vrakatar at 9:21 PM on February 18 [1 favorite]


My cat did not even wake up for this.

Mine, either. And the honk of a passing goose made his tail puff up yesterday.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:34 PM on February 18 [3 favorites]


This gave my cat a complex about her vocal range.
posted by Archelaus at 11:28 PM on February 18 [5 favorites]


My cat Menhit was all over me and the iPad when I played that video. Then she did what she always does when she's upset: something is wrong, the food ape is to blame, therefore bite the food ape.

(Reader: I'm good at anticipating her moods and getting out of the way of her teeth. Also, she wasn't trying to draw blood. Just to make me fix the wrong thing that was so very wrong.)

PS: if I was a sadist, I'd sample her own meow, autotune it, and loop it as my ringtone.
posted by cstross at 1:59 AM on February 19 [3 favorites]


> Why remains a mystery however

The “I’ve been exposed to social media too long” cynic in me says it was to promote the app mentioned in the tweet.
posted by Gev at 7:01 AM on February 19


My cats had an...interesting...reaction. Bearcat was startled and stood up like a prairie dog to look for the noise. Janeway puffed up to approximately the size of a raccoon, stared with quivering whiskers for about 10 seconds, and then hid under the table. Then I made the other human stop the scary noises before she imploded. I guess they aren't into alien demon cat music.
posted by esoterrica at 9:11 AM on February 19 [3 favorites]


NSFC*
*made my cats get fighty*
posted by soakimbo at 10:28 PM on February 19


I love that his cat's name is Elton.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:32 PM on February 20


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