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Apr 19, 2008

Caturdays 'n' theremins

Nuthin' goes with Caturday like a theremin. Yep, the good ole Caturday/Theremin combo. Reeeeeeeeeee [annoying sounds continue for three more hours]

Elizabeth J., I'm sure the Led Zeppelin reunion tour is gonna need at LEAST one theremin player.

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I love it when they stand like prairie dogs! How cute!

 |  Apr 20, 2008 at 11:49 PM

*squeeeak* *squeeeeeeeeak* *squeak*

Musician kitty: What?

Observer: *sigh*

Heh, someone give that kitteh a piano!

Golden Phoenix
 |  Apr 20, 2008 at 11:58 PM

I love the 'THIS is what I have to put UP with, all $%*£in' DAY!' expression on the other cat's face at the end!

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 12:28 AM

...that's not a theremin.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 12:36 AM

I did think it sounded a bit poor for a theremin.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 12:55 AM

What IS a theremin?

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 01:02 AM

Never mind, now I know. For a second there I thought I was too lazy to google it.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 01:06 AM

You hear a theremin in old horror movies all the time, and in the song "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys. It's a ghost-like sound. (Google it to see how it works). This is probably similar technology to a theremin, though not properly tuned (clearly).

But enough of that - the reaction shot from Kitteh #2 is prolly the funniest thing I've seen on here in a long time. I actually CLAPPED in delight.

berthaservant (no longer berthaslave)
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 01:30 AM

is it me or does that cat seem to be quite a cleaver cat!!!! mine would just attack the noisey box!

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 01:49 AM

Not sure about this as a theremin, either, but then I've only seen them in old movies. I was thinking maybe this is along the lines of the Peter Frampton thing, where he sings through (?) his guitar???

In any event, Cat #2 is priceless!!!!

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 02:49 AM

Yes, I agree, the second cat's expression is completely worth the pain of the soundtrack ! Miss Kitty performer is lovely, one of my ideal cats - longhair calico with lots of white. *Mmwah* (snorgle so she stops da noise!)

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 03:50 AM

What a beautiful cat - and a smart one, too. Mostly love the little on the floor. He's thinking, "Hey, Mom, I'm just a sweet little innocent bystander here."

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 04:42 AM

Gak! That's hilarious! My fat cat does the same groundhog thing on her hind legs when she cleans her belly.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 04:43 AM

Needs a little practice. Not picking up good vibrations yet.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:42 AM

How stupid did *I* feel -- it took me a good 5 seconds to realize there was an ANTENNA that the kitty was touching! And I LOVED the look on kitty #2.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:53 AM

2nd kitty, jeez she thinks she's got talent!

Hon Glad
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:38 AM

2nd kitty, hai!

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:51 AM

That sound is kind of scratchy. The theremin sound is fatter and purer. Here's the wikipedia article on the theremin:

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:01 AM

LoL. Love this post. That kitteh's got it way over on the Beamz people! ^_^

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:21 AM

Hah! Beat me to it. I bought the exact same theremin kit about a month ago and was testing it out after I assembled it. My cat walked over, sniffed at the antenna and started chewing on it, making the same hellacious sounds. I grabbed my camera and tried to videotape him, but it was too dark to see much; otherwise I would've submitted it to CO myself. We still laughed about it for hours afterwards. Kudos to the Japanese person who took this video (and of course, to the star performer).

BTW -- it IS a theremin. It's a Japanese kit; I bought mine at Books Kinokuniya for $30 and it comes with a nice book. It only has one antenna (for pitch control); there's a 2-position volume switch on the side where the volume antenna would normally be. It's not a theremin for purists, but then any theremin snob worth the name would only accept a tube-powered theremin anyway.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:46 AM

Very cute! My cats would run away from it, I would think...

And I found a wonderful video that shows wonderful control on a theremin too...


 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:00 AM

Munkie -- *whoa*

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:05 AM

Hahaha, the second cat is like "why did you give that to him? Human, are you stupid?"

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:24 AM

The pantaloons on that kitteh are redonk.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:30 AM

That was priceless. I actually snorted when the second kitty appeared. :)

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 01:10 PM

I found it hard to concentrate on the goofiness of the vid because the kitteh is so dang beautiful. But kitteh #2 brought the funny.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 02:43 PM

Gail: okay, you get "time out" for being so far out in left field with your, um, "answer". When you're done with this mandatory reading assignment you can come back out and play with the kitties:


The rest of you are fine. It's not a good theremin, but it's a theremin.

Keith Handy
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 03:53 PM

First kitty's too cute for acting all squirrel-like. Second kitty is hilarious for looking all (>O_O<). I literally burst out laughing when I saw him.

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:15 PM

Kitteh is so floofy it has cleavage--ha,ha,ha....

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:25 PM


And I LOVE the expression on Kitteh #2's face. Oh, the pain!

 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Heeheehee, luv the 1st kitteh's pants that appear to be so long like a fluffy robe's 'skirt'. 2nd kitteh's expression is perfect for the vid clip's end!

I watched both YouTube clips from Trin and Munkie - amazing sound.

Raemie L.
 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 01:18 AM

@Keith: *hangs head* Okay, got it now!! Thanks for 'splaining. *walks away, "talk box, talk box, talk box...."

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 03:48 AM

I'd love to know if that cat was just a moggy or if it's a specific breed. That sweet face! Those little ears! The gorgeous inquisitive almond eyes! The beautiful almost painted on markings. What a charmer:))))

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 06:56 AM

This is the first time I have ever heard of a theremin. Learn something new every day.

Silent Meow
 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 08:19 AM

Christ.. the second kitty.. still laughing.. too funny..

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 08:59 AM

- Munkie

omg, I just found a new subscrition channel on youtube. Thankyou!!

- Kitten thereminist ?

If you start a youtube channel, I will surely subscribe :P

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 09:00 AM

subscrition + no preview post = stupid spelling mistake :P


 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 09:03 AM

Gushing - Those two cats are Scottish Folds. They are so cute and almost cartoonish, aren't they?

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 10:35 AM

ha-ha! the second kitties face was HILARIOUS!

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 05:28 PM

I was so not expecting the second cat. I laughed so loud, Kitty #2 was all like, "really, it's cats like this that give us a bad name...why couldn't that be a dog up there?"

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 06:13 PM

I love it when the other cat on the floor has a "what the heck is that?" look on it's face!

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 06:56 PM

I too had never heard of a theramin before. I didn't get the caption at all til I started reading the comments. (I knew I could count on my co-qte-ologists to clue me in.)

Yes, even grown-up pups learn new tricks.

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 08:02 PM

i've actually seen this a few times, never really got it (but, thought it was cute, natch). i'm relieved to know i'm not the only one who is unfamiliar with the "theramin." :)

 |  Apr 22, 2008 at 08:59 PM

I can't stop watching this video!!!! It's a combination of overwhelming cuteness and bizarreness. Second kitteh is all "what the....?!". Very quirky...very me....love it.

 |  Apr 23, 2008 at 04:32 PM

That is so funny, I can hardly stand it. I have a cat like that. He has to smell EVERYTHING, no matter if it's noisy, stinky, weird, spiky, whatever. He will "smell" it. I LOVE the look of the cat on the floor though. It was like, "GO STRAIGHT TO HELL! WHAT IS THAT AND WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?" Fantastic editing!!

 |  Apr 23, 2008 at 04:41 PM

It's so funny; the kitteh's ears are laid back against the sound and yet it has that "OOOO!" expression in its eyes.

Sharon Wilson
 |  Apr 23, 2008 at 05:15 PM

i laughed
when i saw the observer cat.

 |  May 22, 2008 at 06:27 PM

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