What to do with leftover John Deere parts or Yeah, but does it do requests?

December 19, 2006

Check out this most coolest of instruments.

TURN UP YOUR VOLUME!!!!!!!!!!!
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. Amazingly, 97% of the machines
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
but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University
and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian

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4 Responses to “What to do with leftover John Deere parts or Yeah, but does it do requests?”

  1. Redford Phyl Says:

    Um, actually, it’s a computer generated animation.
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp

  2. Anne Says:

    Ah…someone beat me to it. My husband and son showed this to me some time ago—it’s amazing isn’t it? Even though it’s “just” computer animation, it’s *very* cool!

    Anne.

  3. meg Says:

    Computer generated?! I’m so disappointed. I was sitting here trying to imagine how they could possibly get all those little balls launched precisely right, have them all hit the mark of their little funnels and not go rolling away, never to be seen again. Playing a complex little tune, too! A rube goldberg dream.

  4. Jim Says:

    Go to animusic.com they have this video and much more.

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