Kittens on DJ Decks
July 16, 2011 3:54 PM   Subscribe

Short, sweet, chill. Three kittens take over some turntables. SLYouTube.
posted by sweetkid (40 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Saw this yesterday. If only the "pro audio" (those are massive sarcasm quotes) section of Guitar Center was populated by kittens instead of moronic teenagers.

Come to think of it, most public places would be improved with the inclusion of kittens.
posted by DMan at 3:58 PM on July 16, 2011 [4 favorites]

posted by Skeptic at 4:00 PM on July 16, 2011

posted by facetious at 4:01 PM on July 16, 2011

posted by runehog at 4:02 PM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


So no, not chill.
posted by dubitable at 4:05 PM on July 16, 2011 [5 favorites]

Just repeat to yourself: "incomplete without surface noise"
posted by runehog at 4:15 PM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Some of us prefer living things to machines, indubitably dif'rent strokes for diff'rent pholx. I've been trying to train my pet wolverine to program a Devilfish 808. Not going so /
posted by isopraxis at 4:16 PM on July 16, 2011

I like how two of them think to themselves, hey why not get on this thing?
posted by found missing at 4:16 PM on July 16, 2011 [3 favorites]

The middle one appears to not have a shadow. Maybe thats just me, though?
posted by memebake at 4:17 PM on July 16, 2011

Weird place to cut off the video.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:40 PM on July 16, 2011

Dammit. After seeing the video I'd hired these kittens to remix my next single, but now that it's linked on MetaFilter, it's going to look like I'm behind the trends. I'll have to B-side it or something now.
posted by ardgedee at 4:46 PM on July 16, 2011


But yes, cute.
posted by gjc at 4:51 PM on July 16, 2011

That's the first cuuuuuuuuute video I've seen where my reaction was, "dang, I wish this were longer."
posted by JanetLand at 4:55 PM on July 16, 2011

The kitten spinning around on the record is straight out of a toon Disney musical sequence.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:57 PM on July 16, 2011

posted by Rhomboid at 5:17 PM on July 16, 2011 [10 favorites]

From the video description: some very talented kittens on turntable decks sounding much better that I would. featuring DJ Cat Scratch, DJ Kitteh & DJ Pus

DJ Pus is an unfortunate name.
posted by WalterMitty at 5:27 PM on July 16, 2011

posted by The Whelk at 5:41 PM on July 16, 2011

that picture is so much win, rtha. My cat is uninterested.
posted by sweetkid at 5:47 PM on July 16, 2011

Where as I, after showing it to my boyfriend, was told not to show it to the cats, because they don't need any encouragement getting into shit they aren't supposed to.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 5:52 PM on July 16, 2011

Yorvit made gingerbeer play it about three times, and then I made her play it about three more times so I could get a good photo.
posted by rtha at 6:00 PM on July 16, 2011

If those were my kitties their names would be "Run", "D" and "MC".
posted by punkfloyd at 6:05 PM on July 16, 2011 [4 favorites]

Teh kittehs are cuuuute, but no way are we hearing what they are doing.
posted by Sutekh at 6:24 PM on July 16, 2011

The middle one appears to not have a shadow. Maybe thats just me, though?

The middle kitten does have a shadow, but not where the CGI front paws are pawing at switches (which never move once).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:50 PM on July 16, 2011

The middle one appears to not have a shadow. Maybe thats just me, though?

I don't know. Something is triggering my bullshit detectors, too, and I'm not sure if it's the audio or if the video has been composited.

The different record needle scratch sounds sound way too similar to each other as though from the same sample, and there's a few parts where the cat turns down the volume on deck A completely and the fader is over towards A past 50% and the levels aren't really matching what's going on on the decks, even if it is two of the same record.

Plus there's no tone arm noises, bonks or rattles when it bounces of the kittens, the turntables or the edges of the platters. That kind of needle and tone arm abuse usually sounds like someone threw a microphone in a clothes dryer or is trying to blend a handful of spoons.

I mean, I've actually seen and heard cats and kittens attacking turntables - and a microphone in a dryer, and a microphone being deep fried but that's another story.

If it's creatively faked noises they did a really good job of it, but it's also a bit too musical, intentional, rhythmic and clean sounding.
posted by loquacious at 6:59 PM on July 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

which never move once

The crossfader doesn't move, true, but when kitteh bats at the gain, it slides up and down.
posted by elizardbits at 7:03 PM on July 16, 2011

Er, the level.
posted by elizardbits at 7:05 PM on July 16, 2011

Yeah, I should have specified. I don't believe any of the buttons move in the video, except for CGI (visible movement of that one switch looks blurry and odd) or via digital superimposition of different placements of that one button (because often the button 'moves' when it is invisible to the audience/camera, making it so all you need is a switch from image A to image B).

I also think the random out-of-focus moment at the end is either to lend credibility to the whole enterprise, or was added later to hide something that transitions from one cut of the footage to another cut (all the kittens spontaneously deciding to stop at the same time).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:09 PM on July 16, 2011

I don't know. Something is triggering my bullshit detectors, too,

way to overthink a platter of queens
posted by pyramid termite at 7:16 PM on July 16, 2011

Oh, no, it's fake? The music might not be played by kittens? How will I ever trust this kind of investigative journalism again?
posted by sageleaf at 7:27 PM on July 16, 2011 [9 favorites]

I'm sure youtube wouldn't allow anything to be posted that didn't meet their high investigative journalism standards.
posted by gingerbeer at 7:42 PM on July 16, 2011 [3 favorites]

As WalterMitty pointed out first, what lousy, cruel bastard named one of these poor creatures DJ Pus?
posted by Glinn at 8:03 PM on July 16, 2011

Oh don't get me wrong, I still LOVE it.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:43 PM on July 16, 2011

Someone needs to remake this video with this midi controller. I think it could be done without the need to overdub later, if the samples were picked right. Not to mention there would be much less concern about equipment damage. I have a cat who is not at all interested in my keyboard midi controller, so no latent talent around these parts ...
posted by krinklyfig at 9:02 PM on July 16, 2011

Go-Cat has already done the cat-fakery thing in its ads. (Interestingly, the "advert" page on its site doesn't seem to be loading anything.)

That said, I don't care if the kittehs on turntables is fake. Having done the DJ thing in college (albeit 22 years ago, college radio -- not the same, I know, but two turntables and a microphone is pretty much the same thing in both contexts), and being owned by two cats myself, I am completely slain by its awesomeness.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 6:01 AM on July 17, 2011

The video doesn't look fake. The audio might be. But that's not the point: kittens spinning around on record players= awesome.
posted by gjc at 7:06 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

This is an ad for cat food. We're all clear on that, right?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:37 AM on July 17, 2011

I'd like to see the videographer try to get away with this on someone's Walker Proscenium and live to tell the tale.
posted by FelliniBlank at 12:21 PM on July 17, 2011

Anyone else suddenly hungry for cat food?
posted by orme at 9:31 AM on July 18, 2011

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