Design / Concepts

Music driven by hundreds of marbles

For many years, the Swedish musician Martin Molin has been engaged in music production on glockenspiel, traktofon or Theremin. But now, he topped his musical prowess with the invention of his own production, which he called Wintergatan Marble Machine.

It is a music box, filled with various instruments, strings, handles, including the cascade circuit for two thousand steel marbels. These mini-balls are put in motion with a crank; using a series of funnels, pulleys and pipes. By their movement they activate a large drum, bass, cymbals, vibraphone and other instruments.

Molin began his work in August 2014 and assumed, the production will take approximately 2 months. But the complexity of the design and manufacture of thousands parts eventually took 14 months. Over the time, Molin kept publishing his steps in YouTube videos.

In his words, it is not technically possible to see Wintergatan Marble Machine at shows and exhibitions around the world, because the device would have to be completely dismantled and re-assembled every time. Molin hopes that in the future he will be able to build more of such devices, that would be smaller and more convenient for transport.

More about his interesting projects can be found on the official website.

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