This Insanely Complex Instrument Makes Music With 2,000 Marbles

Well, if this isn’t the coolest music video I’ve ever seen then I don’t know what is.

Created by Swedish musician Martin Molin and filmed by Hannes Knutsson, this handmade music box that powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and other instruments using a hand crank and 2,000 marbles is marvelous.

The amazing contraption is comprised of eloquently carved wooden parts, tracks, pulleys and funnels that collect and reroute spent marbles.

The machine was inspired by marble machine subculture says Molin, “I stumbled over the marble machine culture — it’s a whole subculture — and was always interested in gears, and the future of gears…”



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“Marble machines always make music, but I was thinking maybe I can make a programmable marble machine, that doesn’t make chaos but is actually controllable in the sounds it makes,” Molin said. (h/t Wired)