Today I learned about the band making a giant marble-based instrument


Swedish band Wintergatan could also be widely recognized for its Marble Device song video (which featured a system losing marbles to play drums, a bass, and different tools), however nowadays I realized that they’re construction a larger, higher model, and documenting all the procedure on YouTube. It’s known as the Marble Device X, and it’s pushed by way of a motor as an alternative of a hand crank, is being constructed by way of a complete staff of other people, and, with a bit of luck will have the ability to move on excursion and be performed on level when it’s completed.

Wintergartan additionally produced a construct log of the primary system, however this new challenge is far grander in scope, providing a deeper have a look at the ingenious procedure that ends up in… neatly, construction a large musical tool that makes use of marbles. The band put out 8 construct movies for the unique system ahead of it launched its debut song video — the construct log for the Marble Device X is at 161 movies and counting. (In case you have been searching for one thing to do that weekend, that’s rather a backlog of delightfully nerdy content material to fill your time with!)

It additionally seems that, whilst you’re construction a system made to sling marbles to make tunes, nearly each a part of that procedure is attention-grabbing. The song nerd in me squealed in pleasure when Martin Molin, the band member that’s running with a staff to construct the system, confirmed off the 28-audio channel cable they’re the usage of to stay the system taking a look blank and wire-free. There’s additionally the interesting video that first were given me hooked, the place he presentations off an immaculately-crafted wooden piece that varieties marbles similarly into 4 tracks. Or, reasonably, the piece of wooden that doesn’t do this process correctly, which is why he’s now designing a alternative.

The movies aren’t precisely difficult to understand: Wintergatan has over 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube, and one of the movies concerning the Marble Device X have on the subject of that choice of perspectives. However by some means I, anyone who robotically watches movies about other people construction bizarre, superior tools, had simply overlooked it till now, so I figured I’d proportion the enjoyment in case the YouTube set of rules had additionally stored this hidden from you. I will be able to’t wait to listen to Wintergatan absolutely flip the article on, and do an epic remaster of the unique Marble Device track.

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