Meet artist Casey Droege and her 13-year old blind kitty cat, Nermal, who live in Pittsburgh’s North Side Deutschtown neighborhood. Asked why she wanted to contribute the sound of Nermal’s meow to the project, Casey said, “It’s one of the most consistent sounds I hear all day long when I’m working in my studio. I like to work in a quiet environment, and Nermal will start doing these loud, long meows. I think it’s a form of echo-location–she uses to figure out if anyone’s near her.” Here’s Nermal’s Meow Tone. In it, you’ll also hear the kitty cat’s prominent purrs. I also exported one short and sweet meow as Nermal’s Meow – Message Alert.
We recorded Nermal in Casey’s impressively well-organized studio, where she’s working on several projects about language and relationships. Lately her work has taken the form of books, prints and recordings. An ongoing project, Tracks of My Tears, is an vinyl record featuring “40 minutes of stories about 8 songs that have induced crying.”
Thank you, Casey and Nermal for your contribution to Locally Toned!
This ringtone recording session was made possible by a generous grant from The Fine Foundation.