What would Animal Pianos look like?

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  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Fun fact: Hearing-wise: elephants and bats live in completely separate worlds.


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    (Typo: Bullfrog top range should be 2.79kHz, not 27.9kHz.)
     
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    An elephant piano would need a really big keyboard, and much closer to the ground. Maybe a circular one would be more efficient.
     
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  8. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    If he plays with his trunk, how can he accompany himself on the trumpet?
     
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  9. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    what is the purpoise of it all ?

    human
    cow
    elephant
    ferret
    all have similar low tone ability

    what is the evolutionary advantage of hearing low tones ?
     
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  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    OK, so now I know what my next infographic needs to be: what would a keyboard look like to be played by various animals.
     
  11. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    I'd love to see you do that!
     
  12. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Huffing of large feline or canine predators, hoofbeats, waterfalls, cave-in, distant thunder, grass or forest fire, rock-slide, avalanche... Any creature living in the open prairie, deep forest or under ground could benefit from early warning of natural disasters.
     
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    Yes, please! I'm imagining some already.
     
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    Oh come on! I can't believe no one yet has mentioned anything about ''tickling the ivories''.

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    Damn!! Bats are so otherworldly.
     
  16. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I recently saw something about a blind man who taught himself echolocation as a child and now he teaches it to other blind people. Not as efficient as a bat's probably, because they evolved for it and we didn't.
     
  17. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Can you imagine a piano for an Octopus? I bet they could learn to play it.

    Any creature that can manipulate his own mobile home and make it roll (invention of the wheel) should be smart enough to liven it up with happy sounds....

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    and the next one of a Octopus in a cup. Alice in wonderland?



    and store tools for future use

     
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    And there was me thinking Animal played the drums!!

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    An octopus could learn to play most instruments - though they'd need a pick for guitar: no nails. The real trick is to build an instrument that functions well and sounds good under water. Brass and woodwinds are out... but tympani and any strings could work, and a piano is both.
    It would have to be made of plastic waste reclaimed from the ocean, with a resilient membrane in place of a rigid soundboard. It should be sized appropriately to the species of octopus and built in the shape of a doughnut; this circular shape would allow the keys to be proportionately wider than the human version; no need to accommodate fingers. And, of course, no bench or pedals are needed.
     
  21. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    And if we put a lid on the piano the octopus could use it to sleep in. Better than using loose shells.
     
  22. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    You could do that for chipmunks, too. They would have stairway pianos with white and black keys on alternating levels, so they could use both front and rear paws. The hidy-hole is underneath.
     

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