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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.

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Take one down, pass it around…

Upon mentioning that I would be relaunching Parts Unknown, my friend Joy decided to live up to her namesake and send me some joy in the form of YouTube videos.

First she send me this marvelous clip of a trio of musicians doing a very animated performance of Flight of the Bumblebee on a large assortment of bottles:

I responded in kind with this clip of a man performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, First Movement, while rollerblading between rows of bottles:

…and Joy rebutted with this clip of an Australian beer commercial featuring an entire orchestra of people playing bottles in various ways

And that’s all for now. Remember to recycle!