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Mice play Brahms

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  April 9, 2013 11:25 AM

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Mice and lullabies would seem to be antithetical (it's hard to fall asleep with rodents in the vicinity), which perhaps begins to explain the delightfulness of this composition from the Italian collaboration Quiet Ensemble called Orchestra Da Camera. Artists Fabio di Salvo and Bernardo Vercelli engineered a series of hampster wheels that, when turned by 40 scurrying mice, play lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart. You can watch a video and see stills from the installation below. At first it's jarring to hear these normally soothing songs played in such haphazard fashion by vermin, and the halting, music box-style notes do carry the hint of a horror film. But if you think of the installation from the mice's perspective, it becomes much more charming: Wouldn't you like to live in a world where every step you took made music?




H/T The Creators Project.

Images courtesy of Quiet Ensemble.

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