[vid src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q&feature=youtu.be” caption=”Martin Molin demonstrates marble-made music on his intricate wooden machine.”]
The sound of 2,000 marbles has never been so euphoric.
Martin Molin — from the Swedish musical act Wintergatan — debuted his Marble Music Machine on YouTube last week. Since then, the world has gained a new respect for the old tradition of the humble hand-cranked wooden music box.
Molin’s machine is far more than your average music box, however. A complex series of shoots, levers, and pulleys lift and drop each marble with the precision and consistency of a well organized assembly line. The marbles then get back in position, waiting in line for their next opportunity to once again pass the checkpoints and strike a note. Vibraphone bars, the strings of a bass guitar, and various percussion instruments are hit in time by the marbles with the turn of each gear.