Musician Plays an Instrument Made Out of Wood and Powered by 2,000 Marbles


Martin Molin is a Swedish musician with an incredible musical instrument—a handmade contraption called The Wintergarten Marble Machine, and it’s made out of wood and powered by marbles.

The device, which is made of 3,000 levers, pulleys, and gears, also uses about 2,000 marbles to play soft music. The musician shared, “Marble machines always make music, but I was thinking maybe I can make a programmable marble machine, that doesn’t make chaos but is actually controllable in the sounds it makes.”

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So how does this thing work? To put it simply, the marbles roll through tracks and funnels inside the machine, which eventually hits different instruments like a bass guitar, marimba, and a kick drum.

The contraption was completed in a course of 14 months, and when Molin uploded a video of the instrument, it caught the attention of the cyberworld and amassed millions of views.



Molin is planning on touring with the machine; however, due to its size, it has to be taken apart and put back together per event, something that he doesn’t want to do. Instead, he’s focusing on learning how to better build the machine so that it won’t take so much of his time.

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