As we all know there are some amazing videos out there on the Internet. For example I’m sure you haven’t forgotten my blog on Metropolis II.
More recently, I revisited two amazing Rube Goldberg type videos – the famous Honda Accord (“Cog”) advert and the *This Too Shall Pass* video by the rock band OK Go.
But my old chum Jay Dowling just pointed me at two more that blew my socks off (note to self, must start wearing elasticated socks).
The first almost defies description – one way to think of it is Rube Goldberg Meets Bambi. Like the Honda video this is an advert, but it really isn’t intrusive because that part doesn’t come in to the very end.
What these guys and gals have done is to construct what may well be the world’s largest musical instrument (measured in length, at least). It’s like a huge musical box constructed in the middle of a forest. The video starts with a few scenes showing the setup – the music starts about 35 seconds into the clip.
This instrument involves a wooden ball rolling down a wooden ramp dropping onto sounding boxes that make the music. Every now and then cascades of other balls are triggered so as to add the little “fiddly bits”.
This is so hard to describe. You really have to see it – and listen to it – for yourself. The music just sounds so “right” in the context of the forest – and the images of deer looking up to see what’s going on fit in so well. I would have loved to have been there and heard it firsthand…
I came away from this video amazed by just how many different ways there for to manipulate a large number of balls. Seriously – I’m not joking – watch for yourself and try to count all of the different techniques that are used.
Certainly worth the wait for my glacial broadband to download them....but some people have got waaay too much time on their hands as Bob says. I recall having seen similar things on the net before - the Honda ad being one - but I reckon these ones take the cake....
Fun stuff. The music video beings a smile to your day; the Lego video leaves you wondering how has that much time on their hands to construct such a contraption. My favorite this balls going over the pistons. And, its't it great that you can watch these things in HD.
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