Viral video: Pianotrappan


Yes, it's an advertisement for Volkswagen, but still, it's a fun video, and it features Scarlatti's keyboard sonata in C (K159) as a bonus.

Even the old guy who shuffles along slowly at 1:23 tries the stairs.

Double bonus: You can watch the original Swedish version.

Comments (12)
  1. Gabe says:

    I suspect that their theory is wrong. People are trying the stairs not because it is fun, but because of the novelty. Once the novelty wears off, people are going to go right back to using the elevator.

  2. Random832 says:

    @Gabe can’t "fun" be defined at least partially in terms of novelty, though?

  3. Rich M says:

    So cool!  But who’s liable when someone falls down the stairs while trying to play Mary had a Little Lamb?

  4. Josh says:

    The Boston Museum of Science has stairs similar to these.  There were always tons of people walking up and down them just for the fun of it.  Not novelty, but fun.

  5. Nick says:

    Surely I’m not the only person that was hoping to see some people play Chopsticks and Heart and Soul on the piano? :)

  6. Stephen Jones says:

    Only Swedes could think climbing subway stairs was fun.

  7. Bjarte says:

    The Science Museum in Minnesota also has a staircase like this, but it’s cool that this one was built in a very public place.

  8. Anonymous Coward says:

    Thanks Raymond! I really enjoy the tech articles, but a bit of light-hearted fun is welcome too.

    @Gabe: Osaka, is that you?

  9. Larry Hosken says:

    If you’re running late,

    Arpeggiate.

  10. Keith says:

    @Larry: In this case wouldn’t it be  Arpeggi-gait

  11. boink says:

    This is great!  Thanks for sharing.

  12. Al Urker says:

    Very nice.  I think of this as gaming the consumer. Companies want to own the living room by selling game consoles. Phones & music players become better because they lead with fun games (voice & music are secondary). I’ve been gamed. I feel so manipulated….

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