Musician builds incredible instrument powered by 2k marbles

Posted on Mar 3 2016 - 6:02pm by

This guy certainly hasn’t lost his marbles.

A video of a Swedish musician and his incredible musical instrument — made out of wood and powered by marbles — has gone viral.

The video, which was uploaded Tuesday, has already amassed over 3 million views — and it’s no wonder why.

The artist, Martin Molin, constructed the handmade contraption, named “The Wintergarten Marble Machine,” over a period of seven months.

The wildly impressive device is comprised of 3,000 levers, pulleys, and gears and it uses 2,000 marbles to play soft, sweet sounds.

Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)Wintergatan/via Youtube

Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)

“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,” Molin told Wired.

The way it works is that the marbles roll through tracks and funnels inside of the machine and eventually hit different instruments — like a bass guitar, a marimba, and a kick drum.

The musician built each individual piece on his own and molded the parts together gradually over the course of 14 months.

Molin plans to tour with the machine, but that does mean having to take it apart and put it back together. He’s focusing on learning how to better execute the building process in the meantime.

“Then it doesn’t have to take so much time,” he said.


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