Wednesday 22 November 2017

Marble madness as DJ handcrafts stunning wooden instrument that uses 2000 ball bearings to make music

David Kearns

A Swedish musician has harnessed the awesome power of marbles to create an absolutely ludicrous musical instrument which mixes classical melodies with more contemporary guitar sounds.

The ‘Wintergatan Marble Machine’ consists of more than 3,000 moving parts and includes a marimba, bass guitar, kick drum and vibraphone, as well as other instruments.

Built by hand by musician Martin Molin, the wonderful wooden contraption took 14 months to make and is packed full of pulleys, levers, and gears.

When a user turns a lever, 2,000 marbles tumble and roll through different paths, striking various instruments.

Together with the marbles and a 32 bar loop central wheel, the music box can be programmed to play dozens of different musical notes.

A video by Molin playing a set with the machine has already become a sensation, raking up more than 9 million hits on YouTube in less than four days.

The Swedish musician said he was inspired to make the musical marble machine after spending years as a child drawing unusual mechanical contraptions.

 “I have this idea of almost like a DJ set. Think of a crowd with thousands of people dancing and the machine on stage, and you have the bass drum going and a big PA system with a super loud volume,” he told Russian news outlet, RT.

“Then you just pull the lever and the snare drum comes in and the machine is producing this sound.”

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