This music is made with 2,000 falling marbles and it’s magical
It took Martin Molin two years to make it, but just last night, he officially debuted his masterpiece: A hand-cranked machine that can create an entire song with the help of 2,000 marbles. And yes, it’s as hypnotizing to watch as it sounds.
Molin, of the Swedish band Wintergatan, built the Wintergatan Marble Machine, which is essentially a *massive* music box that powers various instruments including a kick drum, vibraphone, and bass using a hand-crank and a whole lot of marbles. The different instruments are hit by falling marbles, which creates a melody and rhythm that sounds like a full band. And there’s even a “breakdown” arm that quiets it all down for dramatic effect.
Wintergatan uploaded a video filmed by Hannes Knutson of Molin operating the machine, and it’s already got over 55,000 views. . . maybe because it’s an auditory and visual delight. Not only is the song amazing, but it’s seriously a magical, hypnotizing thing to watch.
The machine was inspired by other marble machines, Molin told Wired. “I stumbled over the marble machine culture—it’s a whole subculture—and was always interested in gears, and the future of gears,” he explained.
However, Molin aimed to make his machine more complex. “Marble machines always make music, but I was thinking maybe I can make a programmable marble machine, that doesn’t make chaos but is actually controllable in the sounds it makes,” he said.
Check out the full video below and be prepared to be totally mesmerized.