Two classical kittehs today; the first is a photo of Dante in a bookshop window, sent by a friend in Poland.
The sign reads, “I’m alive, I’m asleep! Do not knock on the window. Dante, cat.”
Fig. 1. Dante at rest.
And here is a video of cats playing Schoenberg, Opus 11, part 1, compiled, note by painful note, by Cory Archangel. As Tom Service says in a description of this video in the Guardian:
This comes close to genius. Or borderline obsessive compulsion: Cory Arcangel‘s re-creation of Arnold Schoenberg’s Three Piano Pieces, op. 11, edited from YouTube’s sub-culture of piano-playing cats. All 170 of them.
Cory spent “a few months of free time” making these videos, with the help of a software program called Comparisonics, that allows you to search for similar sounds in audio files, using Glenn Gould’s recording of the Schoenberg as his litmus test to compare with YouTube’s cats. And the result is one of the great victories of transcendent, purposeful purposelessness on the internet.
For those masochists who love Schoenberg (or kittehs) enough to want more, here are the other two parts.
And here is the piece Archangel was trying to copy: the original performed by Glenn Gould.