Friday, August 05, 2011

Tipu's Tiger and its built-in organ being played

Some time ago, I did a short post about Tipu's Tiger (AKA Tipoo's Tiger) on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The best I could do at the time was to link to a video on another site. Here is a demonstration of the automaton in which you get to hear the organ-based sounds meant to represent the tiger and its victim. Not quite as terrifying as one might imagine.

There is actually an organ built into the automaton itself which can be played. For a fascinating look inside of the piece and to see a Conservator play the organ, check out this video.

Tipu's Tiger and its built-in organ being played

The tiger has a fascinating history. Here is an article about the Tipu's Tiger on Wikipedia and here another article on Tipu's Tiger from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

[ Thanks Tom! ]

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