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Can and Saw in Delicatessen

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Recently watched "Delicatessen" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro (very interesting film by the way Smiley ).  Ironically what caught my attention a lot more in the film were the toys, particularly the moo-ing can and saw used as an instrument.

For a while, I could not figure out what the can was actually called (Googling something without a name is hard), but I managed to find the item here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K7OHNI/

They call it a cow voice but similar products on other sites have different names.  Basically the toy is a simple-looking can with no electronics or batteries.  When you flip it, it emits a "moo" (or "bah") sound.  Quite pointless but that's the point. Tongue

The saw is actually a pretty popular instrument it seems.  It's called a "musical saw" or "singing saw" and is also available on Amazon (without teeth), though I suppose any real saw and cello bow would work as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Snap--Industrial-296-Stradivarius-Musical/dp/B002IB1C6K/

It's also on MusicalSaw.com as a complete set and guide:
http://www.musicalsaw.com/

Definitely going to try to learn it the next chance I get.  The sound it makes doesn't seem like a real instrument (more like a ghostly computer-generated synth) but I thought it sounded pretty neat in the film. Grin
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