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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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Dude Plays Super Mario Bros. Theme One-Handed

It takes some serious skill to even play this two-handed, but this dude went as far as arranging Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. theme to be played one-handed. I just don’t have the patience or the hand-eye coordination to sit down and learn how to play the piano, but if I could, you bet the one song I would play ...

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I Sort of Wanna Fall Down These Piano Stairs

…just to hear the resulting racket that ensues. These stairs are actually a working oversized piano, sort of like the one from the movie Big, but in stair form. I’d love to see Tom Hanks attempt “Chopsticks” on this baby. Link

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iPiano: If Apple Was in the Music Instrument Business…

If Apple happened to design musical instruments along with their gadgets, their piano creation might look something like this. The completely fictional iPiano features built-in musical score reading software which allows you to read compositions right from a built-in touch screen. Slide your finger to move on to the next page of music. The iPiano would also feature video capabilities, ...

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Piano Graphics Tablecloth: The More You Eat, The More You Toot

No need to chow down on beans to add a taste of musical culture to your dinner table. The Piano Graphics Tablecloth includes a border lined with the standard design of piano keys. Jam out to Miles Davis as you chow down on your mom’s meatloaf (which is way too dry by the way). Tell her to add some ketchup ...

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AirPiano Beats Out Air Guitar

Air guitar is a big thing but an even bigger musical hit is on the horizon. Omer Yosha has created an interesting, elegant interface that uses infrared sensors to control music applications he’s calling AirPiano. Similar in concept to the theremin but with many more advancements, the AirPiano allows any untalented schmuck to wiggle his fingers above the board to ...

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Five Key Keyboard: Whack-A-Note

Some people have a hard time getting into one instrument. They set up training and practice schedules, only to be utterly bored within weeks, which leads people to create their own custom musical instruments. The Five Key Keyboard, or “Big Daddy”, is the creation of Michael Robson, described as a “circuit bent keyboard”. There is no real explanation behind the ...

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