extraordinaire instrument de musique

My friend Debbie just emailed me a link to the most extraordinary musical instrument I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the supposed background:

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.


So ok, none of that is actually true. According to Snopes.com, the debunking site (who I would just quote here but for some reason they won’t let me copy text?) that’s not actually true. It’s all CGI, compiled by Animusic. But still, fully awesome and absolutely worth watching, dontcha think? Even if it’s not put together from old tractors. (Seriously, who comes up with those things?)

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