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What Is This Bizarre Music Machine?

YouTube is no stranger to ridiculously complex attempts to make music with technology. But this is purely one of the most spectacular attempts yet.

The Wintergartan Marble Machine is the brainchild of Swedish musician Martin Molin. It is a music box that contains a kick drum, bass, and vibraphone among other instruments. All you have to do is wind the crank handle, and let the 2,000 marbles do the rest.

Work began on the machine in August 2014. Molin had hoped to only spend two months on the project. However, the sheer complexity soon spiraled out of control taking 14 months. It’s little wonder, since all 3,000 internal parts had to be designed and fabricated by hand.

Molin shows us how the Kick Drum Works! in this video by Wintergatan:

There was an early version designed using 3D software, but Molin soon discovered it was easier to make the parts as he went, giving the machine its bizarre appearance.

Don’t expect to see one soon as it has to be disassembled and rebuilt to move it. Although Molin plans to build additional music devices, some smaller, or perhaps at least more suited for transportation.

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