The Wintergartan Marble Machine, built by Swedish musician Martin Molin, is one o the most amazing things I’ve ever seen!
Made of 3,000 wooden pieces, and using 2,000 marbles, this amazing contraption looks like a music-box got together with a cotton loom at the office Christmas party and mine months later gave birth to… well, look for yourself!
As Molin turns the crank, thousands of marbles churn through the machine, powering a vibraphone, kick drum, bass guitar, and other instruments embedded within. It’s amazing to watch.
The crank turns a series of gears that send a stream of marbles up a conveyor belt and through a series of chutes to the various instruments. “It is strange how that happens, when the finish line is in sight, everything slows down automatically except the avalanche of new unforeseen problems, we need to start making music now and spend less time picking up marbles from the floor soon soon soon. But it is happening. When it is finished, music will follow.”
Molin said it took him over 14 months to build the machine, and you can follow the construction process on the musician’s YouTube page. His band,Wintergartan, will be taking the marble machine on tour starting summer 2016.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did, I’m looking forward to hearing more… maybe something a little rockier? Who knows? Watch this space!