Musicians Use Rubber Chicken to Masterfully Recreate Classical Music

Rubber Chicken Music

The squeaky rubber chicken has a reputation as being a joke toy, but as a musical instrument? Not so much. But as the classically-trained musician Eddy Chen demonstrates, the silly creature can recreate beautiful tunes. One of his latest performances is a cover of “Pachelbel’s Canon,” first composed by Johann Pachelbel in the 19th century. In a video, Chen shows how he’s able to masterfully mimic the original song by strategically squeezing the chicken. The result is as amusing as it is impressive.

Surprisingly, “Pachelbel’s Canon” isn’t the first instance of a rubber chicken being used as an instrument. It’s been done many times throughout Chen’s musical endeavor called TwoSet Violin. Together with fellow musician Brett Yang, their goal is to “make classical music relevant to the modern generation through fun, humor, and simplicity.” They’ve recorded several videos in which one of them will play a violin or piano and the other will accompany with one or more squeaky chickens.

Watch a selection of classical pieces performed by the TwoSet Violin guys, below.

Did you ever expect a rubber chicken to be a musical instrument? The music duo TwoSet Violin cover iconic classical songs using one (or more) of these silly, squeaky toys.

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h/t: [Open Culture]

All images via TwoSet Violin.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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