Friday, November 6, 2009

Extraordinary Musical Instrument

A note from for Friday November 6, 2009

Good day all and welcome to the weeks end.

We've had an awesome week here with getting to really understand the power of "social media" and how it impacts our lives. All grand stuff to be sure.

To wrap up the week in our usual video fashion I thought we'd do something a tad different and celebrate ingenuity in a musical fashion.

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.

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

Have a wonder-full weekend.

See you on Monday.

Take care,


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