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The Marble Machine is a Dr. Seuss-level feat of musical engineering

Who knew marbles could sound so beautiful.

 

Cynthia McKelvey

Internet Culture

Published Mar 2, 2016   Updated Feb 29, 2020, 10:50 am CST

Swedish band Wintergatan has unveiled a project 14 months in the making, and it is blowing our minds. 

The project, simply called the Marble Machine, uses 2,000 metal marbles and 3,000 parts to play a catchy, dreamy tune. 

The melody is played by vibraphone, but the instrument also utilizes cymbals and guitar strings, Gizmodo reported. The whole contraption harkens to old musical boxes, or even player-pianos. It all works on the positioning of each marble and the timing of its drop into the right spot. See for yourself:


According to this behind-the-scenes video, the machine was so big and heavy, it couldn’t be moved to a studio. So, Wintergatan simply improvised a studio space where the machine was built. 


H/T Gizmodo | Screengrab via Wintergatan/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2016, 4:33 pm CST