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This is almost unbelievable! See how all of the balls wind up in catcher cones!

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammel Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa.
Amazingly, 97% of the machine 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 finally filming this video but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort. It is now on display in the Mathew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

YouTube - Amazing Music Machine FULL MOVIE

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Same place as most of the really silly stuff on the net comes from probably. A bunch of lonely 30 yr old boys living in their parent's basement dreaming the impossible dream?

The Animusic videos are very entertaining and if you watch PBS you don't have to buy the DVDs.


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Love the concept, just not convincing.. how do you choose which cone the will shoot out of? That's my first thought? It just gets worse from there. To much depends on perfect bounces... Chaos Theory,

CGI is fun, but no trade for reality.

Blue man group has real instruments made of PVC, and stuff. Tuning them is not much fun though.

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