So I was reading G+, and saw there a post by Bernd Zeimetz about some "marble machine". Which turns out to be a very cool device that is programmed to play a single tune, and it is just mesmerising to watch:

So, naturally, I click through to see if there is more music made with this machine. It turns out the machine has been on the making for a while, and the first complete song (the one embedded above) was released only a few days ago. It is obviously porn for nerds, and Wired had already posted an article about it.

So instead I found a band called like the machine: Wintergatan, which sounds pretty great. It took me a while to realise the guy who built the machine is one of the members of the band. They even have a page collecting all the videos about the machine.

After a while, and noticing the suggestions from Youtube, I realise that two of the members of Wintergatan were previously in Detektivbyrån, which is another band I love, and about which I wrote a post on this very blog, 7.5 years ago!1. So the sad news is that Detektivbyran disbanded, the good news is that this guy keeps making great music, now with insane machines.

I only discovered Detektivbyran in the first place thanks to an article the -now sadly defunct- Coilhouse Magazine.

I find this 8-year long loop that closes unexpectedly during a late-night idle browsing session pretty amusing.

  1. I keep telling my friends that I was a hipster before it was cool to do so... ↩