The Marble Music Machine – a music making invention
- 2000 Marbles
- 3000 parts
- A handful of funnels and tubes
- Pulleys, levers, gears
- A tree’s worth of wood
- An understanding of mechanics and music
- A lot of creativity and patience
After 14 months, the Marble Machine – created by Martin Molin as part of the Wintergatan music project – was finished (see video below). It has 23,641,297 views so far, which is not bad!
This is the latest in a spate of projects that combine low/high technology and science with music, (see our article on Cymatics) .
We think there is lots of potential to link these musical inventions and experiences to experiential marketing ideas. Music is a great short cut to most emotions and always popular for experiential. We had some great ideas on how brands could use an invention/installation like this.
You can watch the making-of the machine on his website
You can also see other has also created other brand new and original instruments on Molin’s YouTube page.
With the Marble Machine, he managed to create a sort of one man band, that is powered by marbles and hand cranks, which he controls, operates and times. This invention only uses fairly regular materials to create a whole new surprising result.
We even wondered what would happen if one would let the public get involved in playing this instrument. It seems Niklas Roy did too, and created his own machine, The music Construction machine, which was on 24-hour display in the Goethe-Institut Pop Up Pavilion in Wroclaw, Poland, until July 12th 2016.