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This post did not just strike a chord with me, but a whole symphony.
please do another version with the videos set to autoplay.
Please, no autoplay.
This is great, but still trying to decide if it’s something peculiar to Law & Order or just a possible subset of the incredibly huge number of dumb things people post to YouTube that just happens to include (a) dogs and (b) this TV show.
If it’s something peculiar to Law & Order, two theories:
1. The show comes on at canine dinnertime
2. That wah-wah guitar sounds like barking.
This post makes me insanely happy.
joel! this is so much fun! i’ve never seen law & order but i love these clips
- Anthony :-) — 12/29/09 @ 9:46 pm
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it’s totally peculiar to L&O! and yes on autoplay!
hi, i just stopped by to say, “hi!”
- Charles Westerman — 1/11/10 @ 5:57 pm
excellent collection. I would like to see you sync the theme song and let the dogs add to it.
tom: it might be something in the audio frequencies of the theme, somewhere in the range of 18–22 kHz.
here is a conversation I’ve been having by email with a friend who walks dogs professionally:
O: Hey. Sorry it took so long to get to this. I have a suspicion they put some kind of a high frequency sound in the theme that we can’t hear. If I knew anything about the electronics, I’d run the theme through a spectrum analyzer. I doubt it’s from any of the sounds we can hear. They have different versions of the theme for the various shows and the dogs are reacting to all of them. Probably a prankster music director.
Tom: That makes sense from the way the dogs are reacting (even the ones that don’t “sing”) and that it only seems to happen with this theme. I thought the TV spectrum was compressed but maybe that’s just for volume and they don’t care about frequencies. It would be funny if some goofball on the inside was exploiting that.
O: Also gotta remember that the TV spectrum recently jumped to a new band, which might be the explanation, if all those vids are from the last 11 months or so.
This is a hilarious piece of art. Brilliant.
tom, I wouldn’t be surprised, sounds like an excellent way to get the owners attention.
The theme sets up the dog alarm to alert the owner to watch the show… some other example that is totally unrelated except for the infrasound usage:
[...] Videos of dogs howling along with the Law & Order theme song [...]
[...] A dog reacting to the Law & Order theme song: (Many many more here.) [...]
I used to play clarinet when I was little and my dog always ran into the room and started howling along when I was playing, I think dogs are reacting to the clarinet, or whatever woodwind instrument plays in the theme.
[...] Pups & Order is a collection of 35 YouTube videos of 35 different dogs, all yowling in pain, distress and blues to the Law & Order theme. You know the one. Bum, bum bum bum bum buuuuuuummm (weeehoooowahohhh). Bah doo boo doo woo. Bah wah boo doo bah do ba doo ba doo (bum bum bum buuuuuum). [...]
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Oh come on.
Clearly, the title should’ve been Paw and Order.
…all right, I’ll show myself out.
- B Coli — 2/13/10 @ 11:25 am
[...] these dogs are just a small sample. Check out this handy “Pups & Order” webpage. It’s hours of [...]
[...] Dogs howling at the intro to Law and Order. Digg it | reddit | del.icio.us | Fark [...]
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play them all at once-
then listen to the neighbor’s dog freak the fuck out.
- aly — 2/19/10 @ 9:48 am
Any time you have a siren blaring (i.e. ambulances, fire trucks and police cars) you will have dogs howling. There are higher sound frequencies in all of those that hurts dogs’ ears. The L&O theme has some of the same elements in it, like a musically played siren tone, that gets peoples’ attention and, as posted by someone earlier, tones that hurt dogs ears. Even knowing that, it never dawned on me until this post that dogs would be affected by the theme (I don’t have a dog). Pretty cool!
- hilendar — 2/19/10 @ 2:03 pm
It livens the senses..what are these precious pups hearing and singing about? Love them all!
- Heather — 2/19/10 @ 4:29 pm
[...] don’t want you to know about. The theme song to “Law and Order” drives dogs mad. Here is a link to show a dozen dogs reacting to this subliminal [...]
[...] leave a comment » Evidently some dogs howl to the theme song for Law & Order. [...]
[...] Apparently the theme song to Law & Order makes dogs crazy, crazy enough for someone to create a page of thirty-five youtube [...]
will someone please do some scientific research and find out what it is about this song? some secret doggy subliminal message? some of those dogs seem so worried, but they don’t appear to be trying to get away from the music/sound, so the reaction is quite curious…
- nancy — 2/19/10 @ 8:03 pm
I guess this was on Rachel Maddow last night. crazy.
I know I’m late to the discussion, but thought I’d add my suggestion as to “Why do dogs bark at Law & Order theme music.”
I think it’s a conditioned response. In case you hadn’t noticed, the closing credits include “Wolf Productions logo” and a howl. Yes, a Pavlovian response. All the stuff about pack/instinctive behavior still holds true, and the music is the key, but the reason, as best I can guess, is they’re anticipating the howling at the end.
- Jim — 2/28/10 @ 6:41 pm
I think that that dogs are howling in response to the howling that is done at the very end of the program. There is a dog that howls. I believe that dogs are capable of anticipating the howl at the end of that program and howl at the anticipation of that howl.
- J.P Maxwell — 3/2/10 @ 9:45 pm
[...] TV show theme music begins. Does the tune contain a hidden frequency that only canines can hear? More here, via Videogum (thanks, Tara [...]
These are all videos of dogs, but our cat runs into the room and jumps on our laps and meows when we whistle the law and order theme! Totally bizzare.
- Sue — 4/9/10 @ 5:09 pm