Orchestra Da Camera from Quiet ensemble on Vimeo.
As witnessed by the positive reaction to the YouTube cat videos and the recent Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival
clearly felines (as well as canines) have been hogging the popularity polls when it comes to viewer hits of online videos of creatures. But that stronghold by kitties may soon witness some competition if mice videos, like the one above uploaded a couple of months ago by the Rome, Italy based Quiet Ensemble
, start to gain in popularity. That video above is the intricate Orchestra Da Camera
musical installation that shows the "forty elements of the chamber" - mice running on their wheels with each wheel connected to a carillon. When the wheel turns (activated by each mouse) it in turn triggers the carillon to begin playing its corresponding musical note. As the Vimeo
video description for the video notes, "The great number of carillons and the random actions of the living creatures makes unrecognizable the melodies (lullabies by Brahms, Schubert
) creating an unexpected musical carpet determined by the mice."