This Marble-Powered Musical Device Makes Wonderful Melody In Rube Goldberg Style
A Swedish artist has built an incredible wooden music machine that uses 2,000 marbles to produce melodic music.
Musician Martin Molin, lead vocalist of the band Wintergarten, earns praises from all over the world with his unique invention, the Wintergartan Marble Machine. It is a hand-made wooden music apparatus powered by crank which makes the marbles roll on their own tracks, tubes and panels.The different instruments such as bass, snare drum, hi-hat, sizzle cymbal, vibraphone, and guitar installed around the contraption are mounted with mikes to amplify the sounds when hit by the marbles.
Martin initially projected finishing the machine in two months but eventually took him one year and two months to complete 3,000 part-machine. All the wooden parts were manually crafted and installed meticulously by Martin."The marbles, you know, they behave like water. The nature of water is that it just breaks through everything. After 100,000 years it can make a hole in stone. The marbles act like that”, Martin told Wired.
Watch Martin perform on his wooden musical contraption with his original music composition entitled “Marble Machine”.