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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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Light Frequency Fingertips Turn Your Fingers Into an Orchestra

I played guitar off-and-on for about ten years, but I gave up my musical aspirations once I realized my fingers just weren’t made for rapid chord progressions. All the practice in the world couldn’t solve my coordination issues, or change the fact that my fingers more closely resemble sausages than most human anatomy should. Some talents you just have to ...

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The Guitar Tornado Plays Tunes via Robotic Fingers

Thankfully not starring Bill Paxton or Helen Hunt, this tornado of rock barrels through anything in its path – especially disco. German artist Trimpin created the Guitar Tornado for the Experience Music Project in Seattle. But this tornado has more than form. It has function. Intermingled within the tornado is guitars connected to robotic musicians which play the guitar on ...

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I’m Pretty Sure You’re Thinking Too Hard…

Look man. Owl City is not the first artist to write a song that doesn’t make lyrical sense. Hell, look at most songs from the past 30 years and tell me how many are meant literally. I can think of only one off hand. Great lyrics don’t have to make sense. In fact, some of the greatest lyrics make no ...

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Because It’s Friday: The Ramones Pasta Sauce

Taking a page from the book of KISS, Marky Ramone, former drummer of the primordial punk band The Ramones, has moved into uncharted ground for the punk movement with his newest product launch, Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce. Here’s Marky’s explanation: You see, I made it with my grandpa; he was a chef at 21 Club. I watched him ...

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8-Bit Trololo

Alive and well within YouTube and the geeky musical sub-culture is the art of the chiptune, which basically sounds like the soundtrack to an 8-bit video game on steroids. YouTube user Robinerd took inspiration from the meme-erific Trololo and created a geektastic chiptune masterpiece which is sure to grace the iPods of many-a meme junky. “Trololo Chiptune Cover” was made ...

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Rock Band in the Future

Eventually, people are going to get bored of this whole fake instrument gaming craze. Once these controllers are mastered, the people over at the Rock Band development lab are going to have to get creative. In the future, perhaps within the next decade or two, it’s possible that Rock Band could look a little something like this video. Hell, we’re ...

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