This Insane Instrument is Powered by 2000 Marbles [WATCH]
The Wintergatan Marble Machine is finished! Built and composed by Swedish musician Martin Molin, the handmade music box only took 14 months, 2,000 marbles and 3,000 parts(!).
While we've seen several inventive instruments made with technology in recent years, this one might trump them all... not only for its complexity and unfathomable ingenuity but it's impeccable sound and exquisitely carved wooden parts that were hand-moulded and gradually adjusted over the course of months.
A hand crank is used to release 2,000 marbles which filter into various compartments to create the kick drum, bass and vibraphone. Those who want to attempt wrapping their heads around how exactly this incomprehensible machine was conceived, designed and built, the Wintergatan YouTube channel hosts dozens of videos documenting how it was made.
Molin's machine was inspired by a long history of marble-powered instruments, but what makes this design special is its programability, with a central wheel that serves as a 32-bar loop.
"I stumbled over the marble machine culture -- it's a whole subculture -- and was always interested in gears, and the future of gears," he told WIRED. "Marble machines always make music, but I was thinking maybe I can make a programmable marble machine, that doesn't make chaos but is actually controllable in the sounds it makes."
Molin's Swedish band Wintergatan will actually be taking this magnificent, mind-bending machine on the road this summer to perform live concerts.
See the machine in action below. Read more about Molin and the project in the interview with WIRED at http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-03/02/mar....