Monday, September 26, 2016

30 Days of Weird Instruments, DAY 14 -- Wintergatan's Marble Machine

I played with MarbleWorks a lot as a kid, so this one is extra fascinating to me.

Technically, Wintergatan is the name of a Swedish folktronica band that does a lot of neat things with weird instruments, but today I wanted to focus on a marble machine constructed by band member Martin Molin. It's a giant music box, powered by hand, that uses steel marbles and feeder tubes to strike notes in a manner that creates a full song with a steady rhythm.

Their YouTube videos have been shared all over social media, but here's a good one to start with if you haven't seen any yet. The machine in the video is said to use 2,000 marbles.

Tomorrow's instrument still uses a PDA.

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