Posted on 31 October, 2014
After the global viral sensation that was the Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin cat scratching posts and dictator litter trays, HideMyAss.com’s ‘The Pussycat Riot’ campaign returned this week with another slice of feline-themed anti censorship satirical shenanigans.
This time it was the world’s first keyboard for cats: an ultrasonic electric grand piano that plays musical notes in frequencies only cats can hear.
The inaugural performance using the keyboard was a live protest concerto to an enraptured audience of cats at a theatre in London. During the concerto a pianist played high frequency versions of the national anthems of countries that severely censor the internet, including Iran, Vietnam, Russia and North Korea.
But that’s not all, as a much-anticipated encore, ultrasonic renditions of popular music from films and artists currently banned in China were played, including the Back To The Future score and the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” - leaving the cats in no doubt of who the world’s worst perpetrator of internet censorship is.
As well as delighting the politicised cats at the concerto, the performance was recorded and has been released as a free protest album in both human frequencies and cat-only frequencies, available on Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud.
The cat-only soundwaves have been making waves across the world, with terrific coverage in Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Metro, Metro.co.uk, Huffington Post, London Evening Standard, AOL, MSN, BT, London Live, USA Today, ABC News and this cracking piece on Good Morning America.
Keyboard cat would be proud!