This huge mechanical machine plays music with marbles

By Scorpus
Mar 3, 2016
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  1. For the past 14 months, Swedish band Wintergatan has been constructing a huge, elaborate machine that plays an entire song using marbles. They've just released a video that shows the song and machine in action, and it's pretty incredible.

    Most of the machine is made from custom fabricated wood parts, including large gears and levers, along with metal rods and even some Lego parts. When the crank is turned on the right-hand side, the machine starts shooting marbles at a glockenspiel and several drums, and even allows a musician to play bass without strumming.

    The Marble Machine appears to be customizable - the Lego Technic pins that dictate what notes are played could potentially be removed - but at this stage Wintergatan has only released one song. It's also worth watching the video below that shows how the machine was made over the course of more than a year.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    That took a lot of creating and by the looks of things, that guy has decent carpentry skills. I like to hear how it sounds now.
    B00kWyrm likes this.
  3. Dimitriid

    Dimitriid TS Booster Posts: 33   +34

    Like most DJ's, he's not actually doing any actual ****ing music: the sequence was pre programmed and he's just pushing levelers.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    The best comment to this was: He must have lost his marbles...
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    Precisely why the article isn't about the DJ.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,498   +672

    Dang VitalyT ..... you beat me to it! LOL
  7. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    Wow, way to downplay creativity. For one, let's see you go out and build something like this. Two, he has to work the levers at precise times, while also fingering the bass strings. It's about paying attention and memorizing and being sure he can keep up with everything. Regardless, this is more about the machine that the man playing the machine. Stop being a Negative Nancy. Too many of those in the world as it is...we don't need any more. We need to encourage this kind of thing. Not put people down because we think something is stupid or just too simple. Push people...always push. Never put down unless you have proven to be able to do the same thing.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  8. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113


  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    That's high praise when the closest thing to comparison is CGI.
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  10. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Look up Animusic for comparison (Cliffordcooley's CGI comment).
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Why? I made my point, this topic is real marbles.
  12. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    I think you misunderstood me, cliffordcooley!
    I know it is real marbles. I had posted a comment about this on my fb page before it even showed up here.
    I think it is awesome.
    I offered the Animusic comment to give people a starting point in case they wondered what you were talking about (CGI)!
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  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Ahh, now we are on the same page.
    B00kWyrm likes this.
  14. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    At the renaissance festival this year there was a guy playing bells with a keyboard that was interesting. Of course these things lose interest after a few minutes whether it's 3D modeling or wood and steel constructions. It's neat for a while.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    This would be great for a Grandfather Clock chime. I'd much rather have something like this than a 1500 HP Bugatti for show.

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