Marble Machine X – A Lesson in Dumb Design

Dumb Design standards are holding the Marble Machine X back from Success, lets see if we can at least try to study something from my largest blunders 🙂 �

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Thanks to the Marble Machine X Team 2019

►Chris Nadon | Aix-en-Provence France

►Dwayne Myers | Safety | Phoenixville, PA, USA

►Ecco Pierce | All Things Ecco | Oakland, California, USA

►Jacob LaRocca | Rocket Props | Somerville, Massachusetts

►Philip Brown (solo banjo) Winston Salem, NC USA

►Tim Keller | Inventopia | Davis California USA

►Tim Mitchell | CNC Machinist | Nashville USA

►Tommaso D’Amico | Vancouver, Canada

►Grant Lansdell: Great Idea Provider 😉



  1. Martin, I continue to support you, Wintergatan, and MMX. 100%. But I must get this off my chest:

    There’s a reason why a violin that was computer aided designed by expert mechanical engineers, (few, if any, even play violin), manufactured with ultra-modern materials and, assembled using the most efficient mass production techniques, will never sound like a Strativarius — regardless of the talent who plays the instrument. The one thing that cannot be ignored in a work of art, is its soul. Like all souls, they can be troubled at times. Sometimes, all there is to temper a troubled soul is the love that drove its creator to give it life in the first place. Patience, time, and understanding of his progeny, and of himself, is far superior to mechanizing, and automating the creative process. Much less, going full corporate.

    Each of those “dumb” ideas of yours came from ‘THE’ most “essential” source, your own heart and soul. Mistakes were made, true. Much frustration ensued, true. Yet, in spite of all that, the MMX joined its creator in its first true jam session.

    Was its performance perfect? That’s not the question to ask. Was it beautiful? To me, yes. Yes it was. After a very long and troubled birth, the MMX’s very young soul made its presence known and I think it has a lot more to give. Just like every other 3 year old that has, does, and will ever exist, it just needs some attentive guidance to complete its journey to join its creator on the stage.

  2. To be honest, chasing a dream to make art, isn’t necessarily dumb. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s beautiful.

    I make processes, and keep them as simple as i can. Anyone need to understand them, not just me……

  3. “Who would have thought” is easy to say afterwards. Is there really “mistakes” when you learn of them? You created an Art Machine, one of a kind. Its a beautiful miracle.
    No matter what one does, one will reach a certain point in life with opportunity to go consciously deeper. Trust that. Thus no need to put yourself or actions been done down.
    Your such a beautiful human, expressing life.
    Taking actions of course, all good, yet, no worries, everything is connected.

  4. You are so missing the point of your own efforts, and no one can disabuse you of that viewpoint. Sad. You were already there. All you had to do was look.

  5. Of course it is important to complete the work, but don’t forget that sharing the process of creation is already part of the art. All of this time and trouble is irreplaceable and important.

  6. Sign me up. You are the best engineering process teacher
    I have ever seen.

  7. Hey there! Thanks for sharing the clip talking about my discussion with Dave. That was a surprise. Cheers!

  8. One of us, one of us, one of use

  9. Expanding Consciousness, no. Preserving Consciousness is the only solution to having a future. The Marble Machine X has introduced many people to thinking about creating for the future. “What a wonderful experience”! Carry on friend.

  10. You should know this. We are not invested in the machine but in you. Your learning is our journey.

  11. Has anyone pointed out yet that following Elon’s process means the Marble Machine X is a dumb question that shouldn’t exist (there are far better ways to accomplish making music)?

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