Man at His Best

Wintergatan's Marble Machine

You've never seen or heard an instrument like this.

BY WAYNE CHEONG | Mar 3, 2016 | Music


Fourteen months. From inception to finish, the Marble Machine took 14 months of testing, woodwork, gluing, more testing. The brainchild of Swedish musician, Martin Molin of the band, Wintergatan, the Marble Machine is a contraption that is powered by a hand crank and uses 2,000 marbles (though they resemble more of ball bearings) that create sounds from a bass guitar, vibraphone, a kick drum and other cool instruments.

The music that comes out of the complicated-looking device reminds one of a choral but seeing out the Marble Machine operates to produce said sound is sublime.