Sunday 19 March 2017

Wintergatan: Marble Machine

Published on Mar 1, 2016 by Wintergatan
YouTube: Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)
Marble Machine built and composed by Martin Molin

Wikipedia: Wintergatan
Wintergatan (Swedish pronunciation: [vɪntɛrˌɡɑːtan], The Milky Way) is a Swedish folktronica band from Göteborg. Martin Molin and Marcus Sjöberg were previously part of the former band Detektivbyrån. Their debut album Wintergatan was released in 2013.

Marble Machine
Between December 2014 and March 2016, the band uploaded several YouTube videos featuring Martin Molin documenting the construction of a music box that uses marbles to play instruments. The machine is powered by hand, and works by raising steel marbles through the machine into multiple feeder tubes, where they are then released from height via programmable release gates, falling and striking an instrument below. All the instruments are played by striking them and include a vibraphone, bass guitar, cymbal, and emulated kick drum, high hat and snare drum sounds using contact microphones. The music score is stored on two programmable wheels that utilise Lego Technic beams and stud connectors to trigger armatures to release the marbles. A final music video showing the machine in use was released in 2016. The video counts more than 40 million views on YouTube as of 15 March 2017.

Seven months later after Martin played the machine, the band made plans to make another upgraded machine, called the Marble Machine X, together with Karin and Olof Eneroth, Marius, and other engineers. Upon visiting the first machine, they found it broken. After taking some measurements of the machine, Martin announced the machine should be transferred to an museum at Holland. The band asked people for suggestions for the machine ideas to be posted on a Google Photos link.


Published on Mar 6, 2016 by Wintergatan
YouTube: How It Works - Part 1 (Wintergatan Marble Machine)

Published on Mar 6, 2016 by Wintergatan
YouTube: How It Works - Part 2 (Wintergatan Marble Machine)

official web site: Wintergatan

Wikipedia: Folktronica
Folktronica is a genre of music comprising various elements of folk music and electronica, often featuring samplings of acoustic instruments—especially stringed instruments—and incorporating hip hop or dance rhythms, although it varies based on influences and choice of sounds.


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1 comment:

Nancy Lowell said...

This is brilliant. Rube Goldberg meets Mozart imagined by Lemony Snicket.