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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Provost Practices Her Deans

“A cat piano or Katzenklavier (German) is a musical instrument with polyphonic aftertouch described by Athanasius Kircher. It consists of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard. Tails would be placed under the keys, causing the cats to cry out in pain when a key was pressed. The cats would be arranged according to the natural tone of their voices.”

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1 comment:

yo, duh! said...

Leading, of course, to Katzenjammer.