Mesmerizing Wooden Machine That Uses 2,000 Marbles To Make Beautiful Music

March 2, 2016


This is a worthwhile video of the Marble Machine built by Martin Molin of the band Wintergatan. It is very impressive and I wish I could build things like this, but I can't build anything, particularly not meaningful relationships.

The Marble Machine is an elaborate hand-cranked wooden machine that uses 2,000 marbles to make music. As the marbles roll through the machine they strike drum pads, a bass guitar, a vibraphone, and other elements to produce sound.

The video really is worth a watch and you'll be missing out if you don't see it. Not allowed to watch videos at work? Go to the bathroom and watch it on your phone. Not allowed to take your cell phone to the bathroom at work? Get another job, clearly you're under-appreciated there. You deserve better in life, I mean that. Geekologie: the self-worth blog.

Hit the jump for the video.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Finally... A one-man band that doesn't suck.

  • Deksam

    This mad musical artist is a direct descendant of the man who invented Edward Scissors Hands.

  • The_Wretched

    What's the purpose of the perpendicular bit under the metal bars for the plinky part? He goes out of his way to manually jiggle it during the breakdown as well.

  • CheshireMoonz

    I believe it loosens the pressure on the metal plates to make them resonate more intensely. Similar to the petals on a piano.

  • Frag Monger

    WOW! :-O

  • cabbo

    Top notch, kind of a one trick pony though.

  • Frag Monger

    Not at all. If you'll look closely, you'll see that the large flywheels have pegs put on them. These pegs determine when the marbles/ball bearings drop for each note. He could rearrange the pegs to create a whole new composition.

  • Oh my freakin' God, those are Lego Technics...

  • Jakob Ebbinger

    not really since it's programmable...

  • All I can think to say is... wow.

  • All I can think is, "Dangit, my 'to-build' list is already way too long..."

  • HugoSon

    I came for the marbles, all I got was ball bearings...

  • JJtoob

    I'm sure this took a lot of work to make and I would expect a behind the scenes where he lost his marbles.

  • Ollie Williams

    That is god damn amazing.

  • MinjaMike

    I read that in your voice

  • Gene Kaufman

    This is amazing!
    That said maintenance will be a right pain...

  • Wilf Smith

    I can imagine what just a little tiny bit of humidity does to this.

  • James Chesterman

    Do you know the machine/instrument is not impervious to moisture ? If this is the case please elaborate.

  • Roark

    Beyond Brilliant

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