Marbles: The Art of Music

wintergatanThis Wintergatan Marble Machine built and composed by Swedish musician Martin Molin is a wonder, such fun. It reminds me of an animated, Rube Goldberg style ball drop music machine (see below) that has mesmerized me for years. “It’s a hand-cranked music box loaded with instruments including a circuit of 2,000 cascading steel marbles. As the devices cycles it activates a vibraphone, bass, kick drum, cymbal and other instruments that play a score programmed into a 32 bar loop comprised of LEGO technic parts.” – from the Colossal website.


And here’s the animated music machine by Animusic that reminds me so much of (if you know Toronto) the ball drop sculpture that has entranced kids for years at the Ontario Science Centre.

The science centre installation (below) is a sculpture by George Rhoads.


George Rhoads

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  1. Mesmerizing!!! That middle one by Animusic – is that real or literally an animation creation? The title could mean animated, as in “what an animated person she is!” or animated as in somehow drawn or created via computer. I really can’t tell. I want it to be real, but I’m thinking it’s a digital picture creation?


    • I went through exactly the same thing first time I saw it. Especially the “I want it to be real” part. But no, the Animusic one is entirely animation, brilliantly done.

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