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The Most Amazing DIY Instrument in the World? – Video

Submitted by on Saturday, 31 October 20094 Comments

instru1Ok – here is a blow-your-socks off musical instrument. Here is what came around in an anonymous email circle:
This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between
the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School
of Engineering at the University of Iowa.

instrument1Amazingly, 97% of the machine’s components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa…Yes, farm equipment.

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment,
calibration, and tuning before filming this video.

It’s now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and it’s already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

–Anonymous

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  • bmarsh says:

    I don’t think this is real ….according to Snopes:
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp

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  • bmarsh says:

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp
    not true.

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  • polak says:

    Dear Annie,
    I read this article with some amusement.It is indicative of how cultural myth propagate.There should have been a bit of a tip-off when it was said how much time was taken to align it….6 1/4 years…? Balls bouncing off strings and landing in precise ways…? Even after the string was set in motion ?
    A google search would most likely show nothing for Trammell or Wick schools altho I have not looked into it as I’m familiar with this work.

    Actually the video comes from Wayne Lytle of Animusic .One of the producers here in Woodstock shared it with me a while back.He backed a DVD of this along an assortment of amazing pieces, over an hour as I recall.Worth a look on their web site.

    I worked in the 70’s on bringing viable solar and wind tech to the awareness of the general population.They had been saturated with myths about what was possible and misinformed about facts of theory and practice.As a result it was an uphill battle,and folks did not invest themselves. This hoax is somehow reminiscent of that situation.There is incredible technology available and some how the telling of it gets so very distorted.Our mutual friend Phillip F., from time to time runs examples by me for assessment and I try to keep an open mind.
    Don’t wish to promise the roof and give the basement.

    You need not publish this on your site.I write here because I didn’t see another link (to you) on the home page.

    Best of luck with everything,

    Bruce P.

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  • George Pepper says:

    Fantastic!  What a brilliant idea!

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