weekend silliness: painful music

cat piano

I watched Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and the scene in which the Turk plays the man-piano reminded me of a strange contraption called the cat piano, which I saw on the Kircher Society blog, which is sadly no longer exists when I checked today. Too bad. I learned some odd facts from that blog – for example, did you know that they used to clear clogs from Paris sewers with a gigantic ball placed before the clog? The built up water pressure would propel the ball into the clog and obliterate it.

But I digress. When a key is pressed on the cat piano, intead of a hammer striking a string, a nail jabs the tail of a cat, who yowls with increasing desperation as the “song” goes on. The cats were arranged according to pitch of voice. Apparently this was built for the amusement of a sad prince.

Ah royalty.


~ by Jin on January 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “weekend silliness: painful music”

  1. This is horrible

  2. This is such a good idea for the holidays! I’m making each of nephews one.

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