We came across an amazing article about a unique musical instrument called the Wintergatan Marble Machine, on Wired. Built by Martin Molin, this handmade music-box uses 2,000 marbles and a hand-crank to power a range of instruments and it doesn’t only sound beautiful, it looks it too.

“The marbles behave like water. The nature of water is that it just breaks through everything. After 100,000 years it can make a hole in stone. The marbles act like that”

If that wasn’t mesmerising enough, consider taking it apart and putting it back together again.

16 months to build, two hours to demolish: watch the Marble Machine being taken apart

A little over a year after it was built, the Wintergaten Marble Machine has been dismantled ahead of being transported to its new home at the Spielklook Museum in Utrecht.

A timelapse video shows the machine being taken apart piece-by-piece in the studio of designer, Swedish musician Martin Molin. In a YouTube video, Molin explains that the Marble Machine took 16 months to build and just two hours to take apart.

Next month, Molin will re-assemble the machine at the museum in one its exhibition halls meaning anyone visiting the region will be able to see the musical marvel in action. In particular, the museum wants to demonstrate the Marble Machine on guided tours, which will include demonstrations of the marble lifting system.

A video of the Wintergatan Marble Machine was unveiled in March 2016, built by Molin and filmed by Hannes Knutsson. A full making-of video is also available on the Wintergatan YouTube page, having apparently begun in Autumn 2014.


The Marble Machine is a handmade music box that powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and other instruments using a hand crank and 2,000 marbles. With dozens of beautifully carved wooden parts, tracks, pulleys and funnels for collecting and rerouting spent marbles, it’s a true work of art and though marble machines as an art form of their own have a long and complex history, Molin’s is one of the best.

Found on Wired


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