First Sketches – Marble Machine X #1


Welcome to the first video of the building Marble Machine X series. In this episode, I’m trying to share a general overview of the machine. And these first sketches are only the point of beginning, and I’m sure there will be a lot of changes along the way. Since the Marble Machine X is going to be transportable for touring, I have divided it in seven sections. And they are, 1. Top 2. Upper Base 3. Programming Wheel 4. Gear Train 5. Fish Stair 6. Lower Base And 7. Legs The seven sections can be further divided into subsections The top includes registrators, marble divider, lifting fingers [Fast Forwarding] And 4 vacuum suction cup feet. Ok, a word of warning! This video is not going to be fun. Or short, or efficient. Because I get a lot of e-mails from engineers wanting to help out with the Marble Machine X, and this video is actually directed to these engineers. This video is my effort to try to explain the general idea for Marble Machine X. And maybe we can start a review group of engineers who wants to review the first CAD drawings when they are done. That was my little hope anyway. So it begins. I’m going to try to break this down, and we’re going to start with the top section. And this is going to be the most difficult for me to explain because it’s the most complicated one. So in the top, there is a lot of stuff that are multiplied by 37, because it’s going to be 37 channels. Maybe I should explain this channels before we do this. Ok, I’m going to try to explain the channels first. So the first marble channel goes to vibraphone note one, left. Second marble channel goes to vibraphone note two — no sorry, vibraphone note one, right. So, on every instrument, I’m going to have two lifting fingers for one note. So if this, lowest note on the vibraphone needs to play – – I don’t have to do — super fast with one lifting finger. I can do — like you do when drumming. To play fast you don’t do — You do — So I’m going to double all the instruments on the whole Marble Machine X. These are the channels that I’m going to talk about, when I talk about channels in the top section. Ok, back to the top! I’m going to try now to draw one channel. So, this here is the programming wheel. Here comes the programming pin. And it’s actually going to spin this direction on the Marble Machine X. Opposite direction to the first Marble Machine So then we first have the registrators here. When the programming pin touches this, the registrator will go there, and that’s the registrators. In the registrator, I will attatch a metal wire that goes to the marble divider. So this is the marble divider, seen from the side. In this, there’s a queue of four marbles. When the registrator goes like this, it will pull this thing. In this hole, it’s a marble. It will pull this direction and a marble will be able to go out here. This is the marble machine seen from the side and this is how it looks from the front. It will have 37 channels, and the idea is that the marbles come in from the side like this and they roll down this hill. These marbles that come down this hill will fill in the holes where marbles are missing. So let’s say here, these two channels are full, so this marble will skip this and skip this, Will roll over these channels and go down into the channel that has one empty space. So this system will make sure that the marbles go where they are needed. And when they are full, the marble is going to go down this drain pipe. This system is totally new for the Marble Machine X, and I hope this will solve a lot of problems that I had with the other machine. In this block of wood, there’s another wire attatched. And that goes on to the lifting fingers actual. This is where the marbles get dropped off. So when this is pulled in this direction, this part goes out in that direction, opens up this hole and releases the marble down. This is the lifting finger actual. Then we have the muting system. That’s going to be levers — I’m just putting them here right now. And what I’m going to do on this machine is that I’m going to attach all the registrators on movable bases. And these levers can shift this base in two directions. So when I want to mute this channel, I’m going to pull this lever. That will make this go this way, which will create a slack in this line. So a slack in the line will mean that the registrator will still be hit by the programming pin but nothing will happen. This won’t be shifted, this won’t move, no marbles will fall. And then we are going to have individual mute groups. One mute group for the vibraphone, one for the different drums, and one for the cymbal and one for the base. So I hope I did my best trying to explain this section And I think this system is going to make Marble Machine X a success. 2. Upper Base 11 note vibraphone And this one is going to have resonant pipes. Instead of boxes – that was on the first one. Because in these pipes, we can put an axis through all the pipes with round shields that open and close inside the pipes and make the vibrator sound. And it also looks very musical with the pipes shortening for the lower notes. I want these pipes to be visual. And I also want the metal plates to move every time they’re hit. So it’s a visual effect. And then I want the drums positioned together in a group with kick drum, snare, and high hat. And I also want them to move when they’re being hit. And then we have the base. I’m going to use a five string base, but put only four strings on it to get more space between the strings because the microphones are bigger on the five string base And then, the newcomer – The stringed modulin. It’s going to be played like a tremolo. And make a kind of marxophone sound. Marxophone is so beautiful. Sizzle cymbal. So the one stringed modulin is going to have one string on a flat board like this. And then I want to play it here which you can press down with the palm of your hand. And this opens up a gate here that creates a waterfall of marbles on the string. And this is not programmed, this can be improvised. So we don’t have to put this whole system in the programming wheel, which is quite nice. But this marble reservoir will feed the one stringed modulin. My hope is that if we draw everything in CAD, that we will be able to make a support structure that is really multitasking. On the first machine, I had like one piece of plywood to hold this, another piece of plywood to hold that, and a third piece of plywood to hold this. On the Marble Machine X, I would like to have this support structure to hold several parts to make it much more efficient. 3. Programming Wheel The wheel is going to be plywood and it’s going to be pretty big. What’s new is the programming sheets. So I want to take sheets of some kind of plastic and route holes in them with a CNC machine in straight lines. This could be wrapped around the programming wheel into something that may look a little bit like this. The point here is that I have two of them. One, and we have two. So when you play the first song, you have programming sheet one on the wheel playing the song on stage. When you’re done, you can open this and unwrap this programming sheet off the programming wheel and put on the second programming sheet. And then I can have people in white coats on stage having a programming station. So when I’m playing song two you can take the first sheet that’s already off Reprogram that, put the pins in, and play. And after song two you can play song three. The Programming Pins The grey pins were the ones failing in the last machine. And these pins are solid. In the last machine, I used this part, where the pins go in. And with this PVC plastic programming sheet idea, I don’t need this part. And if we can find an 8 millimeter stock I think we can route good holes that these pins will fit in. So during transportation, you can wrap both of these programming sheets onto the wheel. And this will fit in one case, all of it! 4. Geartrain When I put the flywheel onto the last machine, that really made a big difference. So an even bigger and fast flywheel and heavier flywheel with even more momentum inertia will be key to the Marble Machine X. I want as many of the gears to be clearly visible from the audience perspective of the Marble Machine. It’s always going to be a compromise between making it visually nice or making it efficient out of an engineering perspective. Section 5. Fishstair It’s a very elegant way of lifting marbles up in the Marble Machine. So by putting gears on an angle like this and by adding the pistons to every other gear in 180 degrees So this piston will go down while this piston goes up and this down. We will have this interchangeable system like this. And while this one goes up, these marbles will fall over to the next stair. Then this step goes up and will fall over to the next step. And that’s how the marbles climb the fishstair. This fishstair will replace the belt that I had on the last machine that cost me so much trouble. So from the base of the machine, the marbles are going to get lifted up be a ring lift And in the middle of the machine, they are going to go on top of the fishstair, and this is going to be very visual from the side. You are going to see it like an old train engine piston kind of thing You can also put a gear right here to make these go in beat with the music. I’ll put links in the description to videos that show the fishstair concept and to the video showing the ring lift concept. So, the lower base includes the box, marble funnels, and the braking system, and a lot of stuff I like this shape to start with. My hope with the lower base is that thanks to the CAD drawings, we are going to be able to make every side of the box as useful as possible. If we see these four sides in 2-D, I want them to be prepared of the CNC for all the parts that are going to go on them. The flywheel is going to have a lot of momentum inertia so I think that the breaking system should be on the flywheel. Section 7. Legs That’s going to be four legs, four cross supports, and then I want to experiment with putting strong vacuum cup feet onto the legs. By putting vacuum suction cups, it’s also going to look like some kind of spaceship landed, which is obviously very nice. So by really locking the machine down to the floor, it will help decrease the vibrations that we had problems with on the first machine. So when it comes to the marbles, I want to use bigger marbles this time. I had 11-millimeter marbles last time and now I ordered some samples. This is 15.875 it says. Woah, that’s impressive So I want to start taking decisions about dimensions for this build. And looking at what marble size we are going to use is one beginning. Another beginning is to get all the music instruments. So that’s the process that I’m going to start right now. Another good idea is to look at the thicknesses that birch plywood sheets come in. So since we’re going to CNC this on top of sheets, we use these thicknesses a little bit like lego bricks and keep these thicknesses in mind when we decide the parts. So then we already have one dimension sorted out and then we can just cut the shape, in a 2-D kind of way of thinking and we have the third dimension already taken care of by the thickness of the plywood. I got an email from these two engineer and science students, Karin and Olof Eneroth. They are going to spend half time this whole spring helping me out with the CAD drawings. And we are going to use the platform, Fusion 360, and I’m very happy for that. So welcome on board the team to Karin and Olof And I realized when I put the kick drum video out, I had so much feedback I’m thinking in the process of building the Marble Machine X that it will be fantastic to incorporate professional engineers that want to help out and want to review the drawings and that can point out problems before they occur So if you are an engineer and want to help out, as soon as the CAD drawing materializes or before that, we should put this group together that can help review the drawings. That was the first marble falling on the floor of the Marble Machine X build. When I built the first Marble Machine, I was vacuum cleaning marbles off the floor and I was on my knees picking them up during the 16 months. This time, I’m going to take a more engineer-like approach. I won’t have to vacuum clean marbles so much. Thanks for watching! And see you on the next Wintergatan Wednesday — Nailed it

100 comments

  • Projekt Zukunftswerkstadt

    you are Wrong it is funny and very impressive Are you an Engineer ?

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  • kreazyv8

    machine itself is complicated..
    start using the script and musical input.
    divide it into 500 parts. explained by the music .
    getting easyer to understand.
    just the genius part of it is,, how on earth do you get up with such an idea, to create something like this?
    A 4stroke engine is complicated,,, divided in parts and explained in steps intake compression combustion exhaust,,, is easy..all combined make's it a little harder to understand.
    learn the procces and steps than u can understand allot more….
    TO EASY DRILL SERGEANT XD

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  • Fred Zlotnick

    15.875 mm is in fact 5/8 of an inch (.625 in)

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  • Ben Roughley

    My head hurts…..

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  • Anubis come forth

    Love the sound effects 😄

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  • Tropingenie

    You know how I commented on episode 60 that I didn't have time to watch all the episodes of this? Well, I don't. But I only have a few more exams, so to hell with time constraints! Pushing past and/or (usually) working within constraints is at the core of engineering!

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  • Leigh B

    Oh wow look how different it is!

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  • Leto Alexander

    bless you

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  • Jonathan William Fay

    Dear Martian,
    We met many years ago when I was visiting and staying with a friend of mine in Sweden I didn’t know that you were a musician .
    As I am the son of an industrial engineer, artist , musician and crafts maker I have some concerns around materials after seeing your las invention .
    Why are you not using more carbonfiber/brass/copper/shock absorbers in your design, using the shock absorber on its feet standing in a frame with also using magnetic marble bolls. (No need to be on your hands and knees picking them up from the floor) 3 lags is better then 4 (3 can give more sustainability ) And you really only need to use plywood as a soundboard! The older handmade Swish music boxes, that this is a larger model off. Had brass and copper modified in their frames. It gives more support and strength to it as a hole. Plywood is a living material and it likes to move around a lot. [copper and brass is more expensive but for good reasons ] If using ply as main material
    It will give you a lot of trouble in the end!!!
    (Also, wood doesn’t like to be moved around a lot)
    On any large handmade musical instrument wood is better used for its outer shell. Plywood is the worst material that you can possible use for any type of large musical instrument
    I can only wish you the best and hope you look at all the materials to see how to get the best out of them before building the mark two project .All the best and looking forward to seeing the final pice. Jonathan William Fay aka dragontone music

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  • _Cringeover9000productions _

    Almost 2 years since he started

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  • its Me

    Sir you are living proof that God in his infinite wisdoms give us a brain and a thumb and said go out and create, you have shown, we can create for good or bad, the chose is ours to decide.

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  • Carter Schlomann

    How much did this cost to make

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  • Bug Buggins

    Hi! What your native language?

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  • Sofres Blacker

    A̸͟͞R̸͟͞E̸͟͞ Y̸͟͞O̸͟͞U̸͟͞ D̸͟͞O̸͟͞ T̸͟͞H̸͟͞A̸͟͞T̸͟͞?

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  • Huntracony

    As a non-engineer, I found this video very interesting. Maybe I should become an engineer.

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  • Just Sara

    Watching this in early 2019, I'd say the MMX is ending up a lot more detailed and beautiful than you'd originally planned. Personally, I'm glad, though I know it's hard. Best thoughts to you! 🙂

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  • Francisco Junior

    This is some satisfying video dude… i don’t even understand but i like it kk

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  • Papeda vs Cilung

    Genius, you are so inovative

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  • Papeda vs Cilung

    Baiklah, gw tau lu terinspirasi dari cara kerja generator. Soalnya gw liat lu memggunakan banyak sekali generator yang saling berputar. Generator itu digerakan oleh ratusan kelereng sekaligus sebagai pemukul alat musik. Lalu kelereng itu balik lagi keatas, dan terus terusan kayak gitu udah kayak siklus yang selalu berputar…

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  • Christian Benavente

    Gonna binge watch to catch up on the project

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  • Swamon A

    Me when I have to be patient to get through 17 minutes

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  • tom300z

    It's almost 2 years ago now

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  • Mr Kernel

    Ive been here since the begining. Since the first videos. Im writing this in february 2019 and Im amazed in how much work has been done. And still has to be done.

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  • Michael Knobel

    Back to the Beginning after 2 years, just to see how long the journey went so far 😀

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  • DomiNope

    Well, two years later and the beast is still under construction 😮

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  • ShankDrums

    I'm glad you V-Logged the journey of this awsome machine!!

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  • Oleksandr Pakhalchuk

    Who is from 2019?)

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  • Humphrey Bogart

    It is amazing to look back at the beginning of this epic project!
    Keep slaying dragons in their rabbit holes, Martin. We will patiently wait for every single video documenting your progress.

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  • brandon Shrewsbury

    Feb 2019! Amazing how far it's got

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  • Baptiste Parsy

    *a lot of changes along the way*, this makes me nostalgic, can't wait but see

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  • The Friend of Many Squirrels

    It’s now been 2 years

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  • Sra.Feliche

    So nostalgic 9u9, so cool

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  • Antipodean33

    Alright then I'm impressed. All jokes aside, if this is legit it's brilliant, beautiful and some other descriptive word

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  • Xteve Tyler

    Heads:
    thank you for producing this video, you see i had a long argument with a friend he stated that this was a bit of CGI superimposed upon a basic machine and I am a scientist and artist and musician or sciartiscian as I prefer and also an analyst programmer into animation and CGI,

    Body:
    I stated that whereas the machine could have been CGI and indeed the art is good enough to fool most people but this machine was not only feasible but actual and i was able to present him this series of videos to prove 2 points this is a genius conception of a device and yet again i am correct in what i say, i usually am because i argue from a position of strength and often factual based.

    Tail:-
    the only thing left to say is I look forwards to machine v2.0 if such occurs and it has inspired me to devise a series of art pieces that interact with the viewer to generate music.

    Extra:-
    I saw a project a while back that used an underground train system on a circle line to sequence music, the train being the pointer to the current sequence playing and passengers could drop icons into the coming sequence track still to be played from a menu using their ticket to validate their choice of soundbyte and then the music was piped into the platform and the trains as the journey commenced, a basic sample sequencer with a difference, i cant find this project online sadly, i will keep looking, it sounded quite fun.

    Bye and respect to all with a gleam in their minds: I like talented inspired people.

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  • Ellie Nixon

    Anyone else re-watching this whole playlist utterly amazed at how far this project has come?

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  • Philipp Sommer

    The beginning of something historical..

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  • TyeDie

    How far you have come Martin! Every day you come a little closer.

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  • MasterOfBeer69

    Rewatching this two years later – nice

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  • hi there

    Going back to the beginning…

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  • KRISTOS

    DA VINCI

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  • Boris K

    9:00 – Lego

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  • Jeff Schmidt

    Awesome job! Love to see it someday

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  • Miguel Angel Hernandez

    more than two years from the start of the project… whoa

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  • Zephoria Awakened

    Dear Martin

    On the 31st day of January 2017, I lost my favorite musician. He is a man who quite literally wrote the most beautiful music in the world, but, unfortunately the band he was in was unfairly thrown into categories that didn't quite give them the chance at superstardom that they had hoped for. For reasons I cannot explain right now, I feel that I was chosen. I didn't handle this loss the way he wanted me to. He made sure to get ahold of me, and I of all people found a Coke bottle with this unique name. Me, who happens to be their biggest fan. I was just too hurt to acknowledge, so it took the moves of an angel to bring me back. Then, that same summer, a huge dream came true. Then a bad thing happened that I felt couldn't not have resolved itself by just "chance."

    The point: You are a superstar now. Some of your fans out there are going to be as attached to you as I was he…and everything you do inspires them. Judging by your lifestyle you will likely outlive all of us, but if the worst ever did happen…you will leave broken hearts. People who will pay tribute to you and cry to the moon.

    And these fans need to also know that YOU know how adored you are..

    That's all I had to say.

    P.S. I MAY be one of those fans…or just a crazy girl.

    Health remain with you, Martin.

    In case you are curious, here is one of his best.

    Btw…Much of your music is this breathtaking.

    https://youtu.be/tK266UYDmyU

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  • M n M

    Amazing

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  • Joep Oonk

    to see how far you've already come, is truly amazing. never watched the first episode and i'm really glad i did. The amount of what you already had visualized from the start is extraordinary! Good luck still with the project!

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  • OliverX

    Awsome! How did you do that.

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  • Marco Rio

    To think that I watched this the same day it got uploaded. Man, it's already been 2 years.

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  • Tiago Henrique Martins

    Hino ????

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  • RULER

    came for the genius, stayed for the sound effects

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  • 爪卂尺匚丨卂ㄥㄖ乙匚卂尺

    Un proyijoy

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  • Minecraft Platinum Fireworks Inc.

    The fish stair is now called conveyer belt in MMX now 🙂

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  • Elder

    Those visual lifting fingers are actually in the project from the beginning!

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  • pitchy yen

    You really are the John McTammany of today man

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  • Motta

    oi cellbit

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  • アイザックIsaac

    cellbit me levou até aqui, obrigado cellbit <3

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  • WolfGraphics

    Cellbit

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  • JeanPTBR

    quem veio pelo cellbit ?

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  • jf

    Cellbit

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  • Itachi Flamenguista

    Quem veio pelas curtidas do Cellbit?

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  • Ryaan TCD

    Cellbit

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  • Ana Lua

    Wow how I've never seen that

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  • Smithius

    To think it's been nearly 2.5 years since the MMX project started, and how far he's gotten with it. Yes he's been good at procrastinating at times, but with that out of the way he's done leeps and bownds now. MMX on stage by mid 2020 is my prediction, and it will sound awesome!

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  • BoSISto's AsguardianGamer

    This is happen when u read the IKEA instruction. .u know everthng n how it work how it be. .

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  • Matheus Ribeiro

    Vim pelo cellbit

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  • 375890 3480

    It's actually an asmr video

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  • FirstPrinciple r

    LEGEND.

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  • Canal do Miau!

    Cellbit?

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  • eu

    Alguém que veio pelo cellbit?

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  • Arslan Ali Naqvi

    Its amazing how long we've came and I'm thankful i was here to witness it from the start

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  • bia prads

    vim pelo cellbit mas n to entendendo mta coisa 😐
    desculpa cellbit, eu falhei com vc ;-;

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  • New_Account

    IDEA: MAKE MODULAR INSTRUMENT SETS!

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  • Ryan Kisnics

    Lmfaoooo…Engineers Build your OWN NOT HIS. .

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  • PARMAKKIRAN2005

    Today you have set a milestone, I'm here to salute the beginning of this!
    26.06.2019

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  • cristianxd gomez

    Y lo conseguiste 💪

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  • Train M

    2 Years later it is there!

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  • bilkone

    galaxy!

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  • Adam Hixon

    omg 86 videos. I will watch them all

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  • Michael Konanz

    Cant see how anyone can give a thumb down.. mate youre brilliant

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  • Alex Lubbers

    It now plays drums. Its been a long way!

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  • mbvgkjhgvkugvouklgb

    Came back here to remind myself what where the initial goals and how far you've come.

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  • No Thankyou

    Nicely done, as well…

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  • Александр Середин

    Пиздеть-не мешки ворочать…

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  • Александр Середин

    На мой любой запрос у гугла,выдает меньше ссылок,чем у тебя в коментах. Осмысливай и тупи… Майфрендянки. Факюспилберг,эндолдфакинбич,ёор национальность. ВИАрашинс…

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  • COUNTY 001

    #lost thanks God it wasnt in the syllabus till i finished school.. you can now introduce it to schools

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  • Леонид Минхатепович

    Спасибо за такой труд и главное – результат! Вы маньяк сэр, в хорошем смысле слова ) и отдельное спасибо за разбор создания машины.

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  • TH3 PLA1NP1L0T

    I had to watch this again, since I don’t wanna miss out and I’ve gone out of touch with this series for a long time

    I might regret it if I don’t watch this ongoing series 😰

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  • Robocop

    I am a time traveler from 2019 and it is built already

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  • Jason Hunter

    Martin I would like to ask you. For your Marble X will you incorporate any part of lego's in your finished product to be functional or aesthetic? I really liked that for your first design you used lego Technic bricks, and pins as a key feature for producing your music. Granted you are moving on for more precision, and making the Marble X more versatile, but it is nice if you could include something of lego in your newest design, to pay homage to your early beginnings. And also for us to remember music and play come hand in hand with discovery. Always loved your work. Keep inspiring us!

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  • mcol3

    how did you go from 37 to 38 channels?

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  • Murad Mammadov

    The beginning of a marbleous time

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  • prince_of_gypsies

    Ah man, memories…

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  • I have to wait 90 days to change my name

    0:34 Now that it's close to being finished i finally understand what that mess at the top is supposed to be

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  • I am a Glass of milk

    What

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  • jhonatan curubo

    You already knew how to say idea, Martin

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  • Diego Manjarrez

    i could sit and learn from this video, but i couldnt listen to the marker write on the sheet

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  • sportbiznes . c o m . p l

    wow

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  • mcol3

    channels here were 37, now they are 38… what happened?

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  • Jaoheah

    Can't believe it's almost been 3 years since you started working on this wow.

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  • Ernest Zamelczyk

    Who would've guessed it would go on for a 100 episodes. And it's still not done!

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