Martin Molin of the Swedish band Wintergatan might have found himself a new job if the whole music thing doesn’t work out.
Building complex, unique musical machines.
Molin’s giant ball bearing wooden instrument, which is a name I just made up for a machine that runs on 2,000 ball bearings, is impressive, to say the least.
It took two years of tedious work and tweaks but resulted in an instrument that features a vibraphone whose bars are continuously pinged by falling ball bearings.
In addition, the ball bearing wooden instrument is equipped with cymbals, small percussion, a bass guitar neck, and an arm that acts as a brake to shut down the machine’s flywheel.
The instrument itself is a magnificent piece of engineering, but the coolest thing about the machine is the fact that actually plays jams!
Someone could record a track with this instrument today and make a hit song. No joke!