#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 19th, 2013 10:30
#2 By: Stephen Schenck, November 19th, 2013 10:36
48 seconds in - the other elephant starts twerking.
#3 By: Barnaby_Thieme, November 19th, 2013 10:55
Personally, I found the elephant's interpolation of twelve tone technique into that jaunty ragtime chestnut to be sardonic, brilliant, and curiously affecting.
#4 By: Gwyneth Hannaford, November 19th, 2013 11:09
Darn better rhythm then I have.
#5 By: Noah Django Gross, November 19th, 2013 11:09
#6 By: Jason Lane, November 19th, 2013 11:10
awh! Elephants are just so cool, wondrous creatures. We should replace all politicians with Elephants, we'd do much better I'm sure
#7 By: Manny, November 19th, 2013 11:21
This makes me think about instruments designed for elephants. What kind of music would they create for themselves?
#8 By: Allen Hall, November 19th, 2013 11:33
I wish the handlers weren't involved here. It appears he's reading some sort of form and giving commands. Sorry, teh intertubes has made me a cynic.
#9 By: jackie31337, November 19th, 2013 12:11
Elephants' trunks are their noses, right? All through this video I kept thinking how weird it would feel to play a piano by tapping my nose on the keys. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I tried that at least once as a child.
#10 By: Donovan Acree, November 19th, 2013 12:28
That elephant plays amazingly well. I've tried playing with my nose. It's not easy.
#11 By: Nell_Anvoid, November 19th, 2013 12:43
Well, I think Peter just has a different sense of tonality...although his rhythm is point-on with the tune. Perhaps elephantine music is just different...and he was trying to show that jumpy human how it should be done.
#12 By: Fabian F., November 19th, 2013 13:03
I think he is filming with an ipad in a fancy case.
#13 By: Wrecksdart, November 19th, 2013 13:05
Peter was actually trying to turn off that damned organ. The switch is on the left side, Peter. The left side.
#14 By: Deb, November 19th, 2013 13:19
I loved this one Xeni posted late last year. "Hey buddy, my turn!"
#15 By: billstewart, November 19th, 2013 13:36
I was expecting it to be more like my cat walking on the piano, but this elephant was really getting into it, flapping his ears and bouncing around.
#16 By: Tim, November 19th, 2013 13:44
#17 By: knoxblox, November 19th, 2013 14:16
Quick! Somebody give Peter some tap shoes!
#19 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, November 19th, 2013 14:40
The difference, of course, is that our noses aren't nearly as long (nor flexible).
Imagine trying to play a very finely tuned theremin with the tip of your nose, only having to move the barest fraction of an inch to change pitch, instead of having to move your entire head around over relatively large distances as you would on a piano.
#20 By: SamSam, November 19th, 2013 14:56
Honestly, everything about imprisoned elephants, their abusive mahouts, and the things that they are trained to do for tourists (see especially "painting") is completely horrible.
...but if I were to bring that up here I'd probably be accused of concern-trolling, so carry on.
#21 By: Greg Murphy, November 19th, 2013 15:18
I'd thought dancing was a human-only behavior, our way of compensating for lack of movement involved in the production of sound. For Millions of years a swinging arm was needed for there to be rhythm. Why would an elephant have the urge? Radiolab sucks!!
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