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The Cat Organ: The Most Bizarre Musical Instrument You’ve Ever Seen

The cat organ, also known by its German name Katzenklavier, was a piano-like instrument that replaced the hammering of the traditional percussion piano with a line of cats fixed in place, their tails attached under a keyboard. Every time a key was pressed, a corresponding cat’s tail was yanked, making the unprepared feline shriek out in pain. The cats would ...

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Musician Turns Trombone Into Functioning Flamethrower

This is what happens when you have spare musical instruments sitting around your house and a little too much time on your jazz hands. Jonathan Crawford, also known as YouTube user jnthncd took one of his spare trombones and turned it into a fully-functional flamethrower. Powered by a barbecue ignition system, propane, a temperature gauge to let the blower know ...

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i-Tab: For The Forgetful Guitarist

There’s nothing quite like theembarrassmentof being on stage, in front of tens of people, and just going blank. Oh crap, what chord do I play next? Do I stop playing or just improvise? i-Tab seeks to stop the forgetful guitarist in his or her absentminded tracks, displaying a constant stream of lyrics, chords and tabs as you play along with ...

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Misa Digital Guitar Replaces Strings with Touchscreen

We’ve seen some crazily zany guitar designs in our day but none that have essentially ended its stature as a true guitar. The Misa Digital Guitar cuts out the strings and replaces them with a multi-touch screen. Sort of defeats the purpose of acoustics, but who the hell cares, this thing is beyond innovative. Pretty much a handheld MIDI controller ...

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Harp Made With Lasers

Merging two of the things I’m most thankful for during this holiday season; music and lasers. Were so glad that [Jared] spent the time to produce such a fine looking body for the instrument. The strings that would traditionally produce the sound on a harp have been replaced with laser diodes shining at Cadmium Sulfide photo resistors. When a beam ...

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Full-Sized iPhone Ocarina

You thought one measly iPhone and one measly app could be passed off as an actual Ocarina? Sorry Smule, we know you put your heart and soul into your Ocarina app, but this is the real deal. Using three iPhones and a specially built laser cut frame, the iPhone Ocarina is much closer to the real thing. Utilizing the iPhone’s ...

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Washboard Tie: Jug Bands Are So Hot Right Now

If you’ve been meaning to take that one-man jug band experiment from your dreams into fruition, but just haven’t been able to find a way to fit in all the instruments you’d need to put on a satisfactory show, look no further. We’ve found your new ridiculous tool of the trade. The Washboard Tie is played with a pair of ...

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The NES Console Guitar

The title of this post is in no way misleading. This is an actual working guitar made using an NES console! This must be the coolest damn mash-up in gaming history. I’ve heard people say gaming rocks, but this is ridiculous. Ridiculously awesome. Awesomely ridiculous. Awdiculous. Including Donkey Kong knobs and Mario switches, check out the video after the jump ...

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A Practical Use Of The Furby

Remember the hit toy the Furby? It was the first successfully domestically-aimed robot that sold well because all the kids just had to have it. But, just like the Tickle-Me Elmo or any other Christmas time fad, it died off and everyone forgot about it. That is, until David Cranmer skinned a few of them and turned them into a ...

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