You’ve heard of beings losing their marbles. Martin Molin is employing his — 2,000 to be exact.
The Sweden-based musician has invested the last 14 months is currently working on a musical instrument that uses marbles to play both melody and rhythm.
Molin officially unveiled his “Marble Machine” on Feb. 29 with a YouTube video featuring an original instrumental composition.
The Rube Goldberg-like instrument is played by a crank that hoists the marbles up to the top so that they are able to roll down.
The Marble Machine is versatile: Molin is able to make it play bass, percussion and a vibraphone using a series of levers that steer the rolled marbles where he craves them.
The 33 -year-old was inspired to improve his machine after visiting a museum with mechanical organs in Utrecht, Netherlands.
“I always loved the Marble Machine subculture and when I knew how to cut wooden paraphernaliums I wanted to build this machine, ” he told The Huffington Post via email. “I think it was when I was watching a marble machine video on YouTube that I pondered, ‘It would be nice to be able to curriculum the falling decoration of the marbles and make them fall on different musical notes.'”
Molin constructed the machine himself, even taking on the expense of buying numerous woodworking tools, including a bandsaw, table behold and drill press.
“After putting the machinery together I started with the programming pedal and then constructed the whole machine around that, ” he said.
Considering that Molin was building relevant instruments “hes never” played, writing on it was a bit of a challenge.
Luckily, he learned the subtleties of international instruments during the construction process.
“I was test writing constantly during the whole age, ” he suggested. “It is quite quick-witted to reprogram but it takes a lot of concentration to employed the nails on the right places.”
Molin says songwriting on his Marble Machine was a challenge because the instrument simply stood arrangements of any particular length.
“With other instruments you are totally free to do whatever but these limitations on the marble machine act as a starting point, something to be inventive with, ” he said.
He likewise had to figure out the right amount of marbles to acquire the machine work best.
“I first bought 500 which I thought was plenty, ” he suggested. “Then I reordered 500 again three times over.”
Molin, who plays with a ensemble announced Wintergatan , would like to take international instruments out on the road with him, but that’s not going to work.
“The machine is too big to travel with, ” he suggested. “Right now I can not get it out through the door from the place I constructed it in without deconstructing it. I will build a smaller motorized music box that we will take with us on tour and it will act as a fifth member of the band.”
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