In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table went about England not on horseback, but running around Gangnam Style, followed closely by their squires who made the sounds of horse hooves by banging two coconut shell halves together:
You can only get so far on foot these days; biking is a far more efficient way to get around town. The problem is that it’s impractical to have your squire follow you around on a unicycle, banging on coconuts as you pedal about from place to place. For those of you who want the sound of horse hooves clop-clopping on hard ground as you two-wheel yourself about, some clever and enterprising people in London have come up with an ingenious solution…
It’s called Trotify, and it’s a bicycle attachment that bangs two coconut shell halves together as you cycle. Here’s their promotional video:
…and here’s a video showing an early prototype in action, complete with sound:
Trotify comes in kit form. It’s been designed so that you punch its pieces out of a single wooden board:
Assembled, it looks like this. You have to provide the coconut:
It attaches to your bike just below the handlebars and is driven by its front wheel.
Trotify’s creators need 1,000 orders to make their product a reality, and they’ve got less than a month to do it. A Trotify device goes for £25 ($39.75 Canadian / $39.90 US). As I write this, they’ve taken only 26 orders and they have 28 days left in their fundraising period. If you’re a cyclist who wants to be accompanied by horsey sound effects (or know someone who does), visit the Trotify site and place an order!
My friend Amanda Foubister pointed me to this photo:
While it is a book for ukelele players, I get it. Being someone who plays rock and roll on a marginalized instrument, I get a warm fuzzy feeling seeing that someone has seen fit to produce a book of Black Sabbath tunes transcribed for the ukelele. It’s available from Amazon UK: