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Nyan Cat piano arrangement sight-read by Tom Brier

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

It takes him a few minutes to wrap his head around this one. You can see the arrangement he's reading here: http://www.keeper1st.com/music/nyanca... . It was arranged by our friend Vincent Johnson, whose YouTube page is http://www.youtube.com/user/NoveltyPiano

Of course, technically the name of the tune is "Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya!" composed by someone in Japan who is known as "daniwell". His web page is http://aidn.jp and his YouTube page is http://www.youtube.com/user/daniwellaidn He has an album out now which features a few different arrangements of this song as well as several other songs.

The Pop Tart Cat was a separate entity by cartoonist Christopher Torres a.k.a. "PRguitarman" whose YouTube page is http://www.youtube.com/user/prguitarman1 . The two were merged together (using a remixed version of the song) by YouTuber "saraj00n" to create the bizarre sensation that is known as Nyan Cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TG...

This sight-read was at the end of the March 2012 meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium, 51 Main Street, Sutter Creek, California. http://www.suttercreekragtime.com

The bulk of Tom's performances from the meeting have been posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/sutterchip

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Keeper1st
+Marcus Johnson -- Sure it is, or was. A "meme" is simply something that spreads from person to person within a culture (this is the definition given by Richard Dawkins who coined the word in the '70s). Nyan Cat was being spread everywhere online by practically everyone, making it therefore a meme.
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Keeper1st
+SecondOpinionMan It says "Mister Flibble is very cross." Oh, sorry, that's not it. It says "Please do not allow children to play on piano."
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Keeper1st
@Warriors Fan: No, it's pronounced "Nyan" like a single syllable. It's made up of two mora in Japanese phonetics: "nya" and "n". It's like how "Tokyo" is two syllables -- not three like how so many people say it (which would be romanized as "Tokiyo"). "Nya" is a single-syllable sound. It isn't "niya".
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qmto
Whatever Tom Brier gets paid its not enough.
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Tess the Meerkat
Considering that he plays it for the first time without even hearing it once, that's incredible. 
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madame kitty cat
they bought me a piano. i learnt nyan cat. they took away my piano.
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Andrea Loforte
this guy is a fucking master
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James Tarrou
It's really fun watching him sort of construct the song in his head, and then just turning it into a playground. Of the people I know who play piano, he's definitely my favourite.
Rasmus Bottolfsen
Me: Für Elise - 7 hours Him: Nyan Cat - 5 minutes
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TheGreatYukon
...Jesus christ this guy's good.
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