Friday, April 13, 2012


I can't believe this.  You just have to watch.

This was sent by email from a friend of mine.  Here's the explanation that came with it:

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 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 (6.26 years) 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.

Well, guess what.  It's a fake!  I showed it to SWMBO and she said, "It's not real.  It's computer animation."  That sent me to the Interwebs and darned if she isn't right.  Snopes has the goods on it at this location.

Blast!  Guess I'm getting gullible in my old age.


Lowandslow said...

That's really cool! Does it take requests? ;)


Stephen Hayes said...

Truly amazing. My head boggles to think of the time and effort it must have taken to achieve this.

Lowandslow said...

It's still cool. Just in an animated sort of way. :)


Tom Cochrun said...

I hope SWMBO answers the telemarketing phone calls or you are on your way to a garage full of stuff!

the video is still cool!

TomboCheck said...

Ah, but Intel liked that video so much that they made a machine that accomplishes much the same thing using paint-ball sized balls. Check it out here

Jarart said...

Even the animation is amazing though. I wouldn't know how to even begin doing that kind of thing on my computer.
Now I have to go check out what Tombo found.

Meggie said...

Well, You got me too!

Charlotte said...

I'm glad I watched it awhile before I read the end of the post. As it goes on it does seem unreal. But it had me at the beginning. Still fun.

Anonymous said...

Blast. I wanted this fabulous instrument to be true. Still, I enjoyed the video.