Marble machine!

Martin Molin, a Swedish musician, spent over a year creating this music box that operates on 2,000 marbles!

Danny Lewis for the Smithsonian writes, “The Wintergartan Marble Machine works by sending thousands of steel marbles around a circuit, albeit an enormously complex one. As Molin turns a crank, the marbles begin to roll down chutes leading them to different keys on a vibraphone. That’s not the only instrument built into the machine, though. By flipping different switches, Molin can open new channels to a kick drum, a cymbal and even an electric bass, depending on what elements he wants to add into the mix…”

 

The Master from Cremona

If you want to know about violin making, you’ll want to study the life and work of Antonio Stradivari, perhaps the greatest luthier of all time. “His interpretation of geometry and design for the violin has served as a conceptual model for violin makers for more than 250 years,” states the Smithsonian. Read about Stradivari here!

Below see a romanticized, yet beautiful portrait of the maker.