At first glance the hand-cranked Marble Machine may look like an over-sized wooden music box. While technically true, it’s not the kind that produces a pirouetting ballerina along with a static melody. The Wintergatan Marble Machine uses a gears, levers, a programmable system of Lego technic pieces, and a legion of 11mm steel marbles to make creator and musician Martin Molin a one-man band – simultaneously controlling a vibraphone, bass guitar, kick, snare, hi-hat and cymbal. According to Molin’s build videos, the artist spent about a year creating the machine, using Matthias Wandel’s gear generator software along with a trial and error method to achieve the end result. For a closer look at this feat of musical engineering, check out “How It Works” parts 1 & 2 on the Wintergatan YouTube channel.
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