Monthly Archives: March 2016

Get your kicks at MPH 66

Smithsonian.com recently posted a piece on musical highways – stretches of road with “rumble strips” (bumpy sections) that are designed to play songs when vehicle tires roll over them.  They share a couple of examples, and here are some that I dug up on my own:

Mt. Fuji (with a G clef painted on the road at the start!):

 

Lone Ranger Highway in Lancaster, California (created for a Honda commercial):

 

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Now you dig what they told you.

Stunt guitarist Rob Scallon kills in the name of Rage Against the Machine on a shovel built for him by Bob from ILikeToMakeStuff.

Music to hunt for eggs to

It’s Easter where I come from, and that means bunnies. And bunnies mean carrots. And carrots mean I get to post a video from the brilliant Linsey Pollak, who demonstrates how to make a carrot clarinet:

And here is Linsey pairing the carrot clarinet with “Mr. Curly,” a contra bass clarinet made from narrow bore garden hose:

Happy Easter, everyone!

He’s got no strings…

Stunt bassist Davie504 was recently challenged to compose a song on a bass guitar with no strings on it. So he did.

The Wintergatan Marble Machine

I can’t even come up with a semi-clever post title for this one. I just love this video so much. I’ve watched it with fascination about a dozen times, looking for things I haven’t noticed before. There are just so many things that are satisfying about it – the rhythmic whirr of the crank that loads the marbles into the machine, the various camera angles showing the different workings inside and out, the clacking of the levers that turn different instruments off and on, the Willy Wonka-esque performer, even the charming music-boxy tune that it plays.

 

There is also a video series on how it all works, but I haven’t watched them yet. I’ll get around to it eventually. I just have to watch this one a few more times.

Not sure if it’s Groucho, Harpo, Chico, or Zeppo…

I didn’t know what a Marxophone was until I watched this video, and then as soon as I heard it, I said “Oh! It’s that instrument they play in the suspenseful parts of all of those spooky movies!”

You’ll probably do the same.