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This Machine Uses 2,000 Marbles To Play The Best Song You’ve Ever Heard

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Music hasn’t really changed all that much in the last decade. Sure, there’s been a sudden surge in keyboard-driven electronic music, but other than that, you still have your jazz quartets, hundred-person orchestras, guitar-based rock bands, and everything in between.

Yet every once in a while, one musician comes up with something so unique and experimental that it takes the world by storm, and that’s exactly what Swedish musician Martin Molin just accomplished. By using an instrument of his own making, this masterful maestro has created a truly original symphony… and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen and heard before.

Esoteric instruments such as the glockenspiel, traktofon, and the Theremin have attracted Swedish musician Martin Molin for years, but now he’s invented a strange instrument of his own: the Wintergaten Marble Machine.

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With a circuit of 2,000 cascading marbles, the Wintergaten Marble Machine includes a vibraphone, bass, kick drum, cymbal, and more.

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The instruments work together to play a song programmed into a 32-bar loop made out of LEGO parts.


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The marbles in the machine move internally through funnels, pulleys, and tubes.

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Martin began working on the machine in August 2014; he was inspired by other complex marble machines of the past.

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Martin anticipated that the process would take about two months.

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However, it became so ridiculously complex that it took over 14 months, with 3,000 internal parts that had to be designed and fabricated by hand.

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Martin created parts on the spot as the project went along, but he also started using 3D printing technology.

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Unfortunately, as undeniably cool as the Wintergaten Marble Machine is, you’re unlikely to see it being played live anytime soon.

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In order to move the machine, it needs to be taken apart completely—and that would take ages!

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Listen to the marble machine’s debut below!

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Martin is a band, composer, and luthier all at once. Is there anything he can’t do?

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