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Falling marbles make monstrous machine sing

by • March 2, 2016 • No Comments

Artist Martin Molin has spent the last 14 months designing and hand-building the Musical Marble Machine, a massive loom- or printing press-like contraption created of birch ply that makes use of 2,000 metal balls to play a tune. The musician-powered machine drops marbles onto the instrument surface, notes sound and the orbs are collected and re-utilized again.

Before any music can be heard, the player needs to begin turning a hand-crank that spins a flywheel that drives an intricate mix of wooden cogs, wheels and belts. The machine is created up of 3,000 components in all. The repeating melody to be played is created precedinghand via the two main wheels at the center of the machine, where raised pins hit wooden blocks or levers that stop or allow through queued marbles.

Marbles get scooped up of at a lower place and are fed to every instrument queue according to open or closed levers, enabling for individual instrument sounds to be played as desired. Notes are generated as marbles hit the bars of the vibraphone, the surface of the kick and snare pads, a crash cymbal and the strings of a Hofner copy electric bass guitar preceding bouncing off into collectors at the front to be sent back to the top of the machine again. Only one hand is required to wind the crank, enabling the other to be utilized to fret the bass.

The end outcome is mesmerizing, as you can see of the video at a lower place.

Source: Wintergatan

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