Thought wood is the only material that can produce harmonious sound? Think again! You’ll be amazed to see this intricate music machine that can make beautiful music using nothing but marbles. Martin Molin, 33, lead musician of Swedish band, Wintergatan has handcrafted the complex but mind-blowing wooden music box, which uses nearly 2,000 tiny marble balls to play music. Thus, aptly named as the Wintergatan Marble Machine.
The Wintergatan music machine is fully packed with pulleys, levers, gears and funnels. Molin spent about 14 months in creating this insanely incredible music beast, which is composed of 3,000 handmade wooden parts that conceal small marbles to produce music.
This handmade music box powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and other instruments, when the user turns hand crank. The crank further moves 2,000 marbles around on tracks and through funnels. While moving, collecting and rerouting, the marbles eventually are meant to hit various built in instruments to play any style of music with ease.
According to Molin,
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.
Complex looking but simple to control musical machine is perfect for producing amazing music compositions. Using this machine any musician could play any genre of music without having to depend on a team of musicians or number of instruments.