Swedish Band’s 2,000 Ball Bearing Wooden Instrument is an Insanely Unique Musical Machine

By: | March 7th, 2016

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!

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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