Dog instrument vs. cat piano

It’s very hard to have a completely new idea, even in your dreams.

Long ago I posted about the weird dream I had about a dog instrument (a keyboard connected to dog leashes, with dogs trained to bark at a particular pitch); compare this account of the cat piano from 1650 (via BoingBoing).

One important difference: no animals were harmed in any way in my dream.

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3 Responses to Dog instrument vs. cat piano

  1. Matt says:

    It’s also very similar to Monty Python’s “Mouse Organ” from the second episode. http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/episode02.htm#5 In that case it’s striking each mouse with a mallet, though.

  2. John Wiseman says:

    The Museum of Jurassic Technology has a beautiful Kircher exhibit: http://www.mjt.org/exhibits/Knots.html

    They don’t have a cat piano, but they have plenty of other interesting things.

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