Auriculis midae non musica gratior ulla est
July 16, 2015 4:34 AM   Subscribe

Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments "One might suppose that imaginary musical instruments, deprived of physical reality, have no place in the cultural histories and heritages that a museum of musical instruments aims to illuminate and preserve. Yet in their own strange ways, imaginary musical instruments exist. What’s more, they have not merely shadowed or paralleled musical life; they have formed a vital part of it, participating in ways that show the fragility of the distinction between imaginary and real."
posted by frimble (8 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Marvin Suggs and the Muppaphone
And now for something completely different, Arthur Ewing and His Musical Mice
posted by Rock Steady at 4:56 AM on July 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

A word of light warning: the "cat piano" mentioned is not, in fact, a piano for cats.
posted by The Nutmeg of Consolation at 5:09 AM on July 16, 2015 [3 favorites]

does the Holophonor count?
posted by numaner at 5:33 AM on July 16, 2015

One might say it is a piano against cats.
posted by ardgedee at 6:20 AM on July 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

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posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:26 AM on July 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

And they'll shriek squeaks and squeals, racing 'round on their wheels.
They'll dance with jingtinglers tied onto their heels.
They'll blow their floofloovers. They'll bang their tartookas.
They'll blow their whohoopers. They'll bang their gardookas.
They'll spin their trumtookas. They'll slam their slooslunkas.
They'll beat their blumbloopas. They'll wham their whowonkas.
And they'll play noisy games like zoozittacarzay,
A roller-skate type of lacrosse and croquet!
And then they'll make ear-splitting noises galooks
On their great big electro whocarnio flooks!

It didn't occur to me until I looked for the text just now that these lines were in the animated Grinch but not the original!
posted by moonmilk at 7:30 AM on July 16, 2015

Scroll down here and enlarge the third image. You'll be glad you did.
posted by Paul Slade at 8:41 AM on July 16, 2015

The Cat Piano, animated short, narrated by one Nick Cave.
posted by bouvin at 11:26 AM on July 17, 2015

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