Playing 20000 Marbles - Marble Machine X #147

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In this episode i am trying to make the Marble Machine X play 20000 Marbles in a row without fail, mixed results. But with some rule changes we won in the end :)
Have a great day everyone and good luck with what you are doing / Martin
Video edited by Hannes Knutsson & Martin
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  1. AprianDhiyo

    AprianDhiyoDag sedan

    This guy is a LEGEND. 🙏.

  2. Alan Tennant

    Alan Tennant3 dagar sedan

    Thank you for the stuff on Spotify as well. :)

  3. Chase Barber

    Chase Barber4 dagar sedan


  4. Livi 120

    Livi 12015 dagar sedan

    Marble Machine X is like the Binky of the music world.

  5. Timo Kreuzer

    Timo Kreuzer16 dagar sedan

    The overrotation doesn't help with reducing the force, it only increases the marbles' moment of inertia, which causes it to accelerate more slowly. Friction also doesn't help, because there is no friction, when nothing is moving. What helps is that the marble path is winding, which diverts parts of the force towards the walls, rather than in the direction of the path.

  6. Anonymous Person

    Anonymous Person17 dagar sedan

    I wish I could afford to pay for your music. You deserve the money.

  7. Random Network

    Random Network21 dag sedan

    Legend 👍

  8. clownsheep22

    clownsheep2229 dagar sedan

    Martin is an inspiration to all. Not just engineers of different disciplines, but all people. Dedication, kindness, heart, soul, you’re the man!

  9. Raphaël Pyrat

    Raphaël PyratMånad sedan

    That over rotation trick won't help with the pressure. You are using a dynamic phenomenon to counter a static phenomenon. And if my rigid body dynamics classes have taught me one thing, that doesn't work ^^ I believe the increase in performance that was observed anyway came from two other factors that you changed between Prototype 2 and 3 ( you changed more than one parameter, you mad scientist! ): - the increased smoothness comes from the paths having a lower curvature (wider turns) - the decreased static pressure comes from the tracks having much more drastic changes in direction (I mean sections that are very far from vertical, compared to all of them being rather close to vertical on P1 and P2) So in 4 words, wider and longer turns. These are mere hypothesis of course, and would require further testing. Hope this helps, Regards

  10. Raphaël Pyrat

    Raphaël PyratMånad sedan

    2:12 And it feels like a no brainer for me to spam that pay what you want option! Thank you so much for putting all this content out there! It has phenomenal value to me

  11. Axe Blaze

    Axe BlazeMånad sedan

    Lol my brain can’t even comprehend step one🤣

  12. Eric Cheng

    Eric ChengMånad sedan

    As he achieved more complex and beautiful machine, he gain more weight

  13. Johann D

    Johann DMånad sedan

    Wow, math is so hard I'll be a musician instead! the math that musicians do:

  14. Benjamin Lovato

    Benjamin LovatoMånad sedan

    So multi talented. We need more creators like this.

  15. Jeremey

    JeremeyMånad sedan

    You should level the table the Wilson dropped all the marbles on.

  16. Pierre Cochet

    Pierre CochetMånad sedan

    As the speed of the marble is getting slowed, did you test it at low tempo, when tubes are empty ? May be this situation will never occur... Just wondering

  17. Ted South

    Ted SouthMånad sedan

    I have always wondered what an artificer / bard multiclass would look like. Apparently Martin is a perfect example.

  18. Solesteam

    SolesteamMånad sedan

    Wow even test tubes!?! wait everything you've been working with is a solid though...

  19. Satoshi

    SatoshiMånad sedan

    Wait. I actually wonder. How many marbles do you have in MMX?

  20. nikolasbbq

    nikolasbbqMånad sedan

    Home Depot must love this guy.

  21. Alan Dike

    Alan DikeMånad sedan

    So the marbles all spin at the same speed, but with their different effective diameters, they cover more distance per rotation, due to the smaller effective diameter..

  22. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytMånad sedan

    Me: has video playing in the background Martin: "... free ..." Me: "FREE?"

  23. 1980’VINZ

    1980’VINZMånad sedan

    By the way, you should AVOID TO USE THIS IKEA SCALE, I have one since years and it is really not handy especially for doing this kind of precise measures. When you had 1-3 grams, the weight doesn’t move and you have to press it then release for let it give you the correct weight. I use it 2 times by day since 15 years to give the right food quantity to my cat. PS: 15 it’s good for this kind of cheap device so I’m confused now.....🤷‍♂️

  24. 1980’VINZ

    1980’VINZMånad sedan

    I’m French and feel shameful for this shitty plied wood... I would like to know from who this was to avoid them in future...

  25. Josue Mejia

    Josue MejiaMånad sedan

    Amazing, it's like programing in real life

  26. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuytMånad sedan

    This channel has turned from a 'normal cool' into an 'incredible cool'. Amazing work dude!

  27. Randy Hines

    Randy HinesMånad sedan

    I want to make something like this but completely different route.

  28. javasoccernut

    javasoccernutMånad sedan

    Statistics. Make the numbers say what you want lol

  29. javasoccernut

    javasoccernutMånad sedan

    But really what you did was the right thing looking at the bigger picture which is the opposite of what most people do with statistics

  30. kniefi

    kniefiMånad sedan

    Holy moly! This in itself is a science! To see you go to such great lenghts just to make sure your music Instrument is playing with less errors is astounding and shows your pure dedication! The level of detail EVERY STEP in this machine has and tje process behind it by trial and error and also by comparing different types of solutions and creating prototypes is phenomenal! Keep up the awesome work!

  31. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiuMånad sedan

    Wow! Wowowowowow! that moment when .. 7:26 why the marbles go at different speeds!! Such an eye opener! So much brilliance!

  32. Paŭlo Ebermann

    Paŭlo EbermannMånad sedan

    15:40 after Wilson emptied the valve, how many marbles were left in it? You need to subtract this from the 70, because that's not part of your stockpile of marbles you can use when no others arrive from the top (e.g. because some other instrument steals them all).

  33. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiuMånad sedan

    was really AAAAAHhhh lol after all the work

  34. Paŭlo Ebermann

    Paŭlo EbermannMånad sedan

    Even if you've wrote your license yourself, you've hopefully had a lawyer read it to make sure it actually does what you intend?

  35. seeni gzty

    seeni gztyMånad sedan

    Me: has video playing in the background Martin: "... free ..." Me: "FREE?"

  36. Jason

    JasonMånad sedan

    Can you really count the marbles that failed do to the temporary tape failing as an actual failure of the machine? You shouldn't be counting that against the reliability of the machine.

  37. diggerop

    diggeropMånad sedan

    When you can get the machine to faithfully re-create the work of "Double Trouble" in SRV's "Riviera Paradise," I will be truly impressed (I don't ask for much, do I?). I won't ask for it to re-create the work of Stevie Ray himself. Impossible, and to try borders on sacrilege, even if imitation is the highest form of flattery. I'm kidding, of course ... Good of you to allow sharing of your music. And anything that shames the Never-Napsters, I'm for.

  38. Rich St Aubin

    Rich St AubinMånad sedan

    Dose anyone want a WILLSON ornament for christmas? I do.

  39. SmokyBros

    SmokyBrosMånad sedan

    Why do you call it a decimal point, when you are using a decimal comma?

  40. TexasDad

    TexasDadMånad sedan

    U R A G nius

  41. Ac!D

    Ac!DMånad sedan

    Giving away all music you’ve made for free! That’s so insanely generous and nice dude. Big big respect for the grind and generosity my fellow Scandinavian!!

  42. Mike G

    Mike GMånad sedan

    what is the purpose of this

  43. soiung toiue

    soiung toiueMånad sedan

    This channel has turned from a 'normal cool' into an 'incredible cool'. Amazing work dude!

  44. Al An

    Al AnMånad sedan

    Спасибо за возможность использовать Вашу музыку!

  45. k1n2g4

    k1n2g4Månad sedan

    the delaminating plywood gave me the a rule! the good product hardly leaves the country. as for Europe. want good French wine? go to France. want good scotch go to scotland... want good plywood go to Sweden.

  46. soiung toiue

    soiung toiueMånad sedan

    More posts please 😁

  47. Thijs van Gisbergen

    Thijs van GisbergenMånad sedan

    So I can remove the diffuser as well put it somewhere else. I need to sand some parts a bit and the middle is slightly lighter than the outside, because that wood has not been oiled, like the second-hand tables I used were oiled, but the bed wasn't. So maybe I'll do that to make color even, but it doesn't bother me too much

  48. Thijs van Gisbergen

    Thijs van GisbergenMånad sedan

    lol mounting my diffuser was so satisfying. I mounted a beam on the wall with slots on the back against the wall in which the metal 90-degree things would go. It fit so snug, it was really AAAAAHhhh lol after all the work

  49. Valerie Pallaoro

    Valerie PallaoroMånad sedan

    Wow! Wowowowowow! that moment when .. 7:26 why the marbles go at different speeds!! Such an eye opener! So much brilliance!

  50. Valerie Pallaoro

    Valerie PallaoroMånad sedan

    Anyone else get a little alarmed at the start that we were going to watch 20 thousand marbles play 'bang, bang, bang, bang, bang-da-bang' for the whole video? No? Just me, then. *faceplame* *facepalmenow*

  51. Mr PO fait ses clips

    Mr PO fait ses clipsMånad sedan

    Waiting for #148 ........ somebody help me !!

  52. Wilczy

    WilczyMånad sedan

    me: mom. i wanna be an musicant mom: no! you will be engineer me 20 years later:

  53. Fox Box

    Fox BoxMånad sedan

    Thank you for going open license with everything... Open source-- you make the community great! Definitely pushing some dollars your way for your generosity. Thanks again brother.

  54. Gabriel Alejandro

    Gabriel AlejandroMånad sedan

    13:50 why didn't he just measure the amount of pressure each turn and lane reduced and then part from that?.

  55. Killor Kubed

    Killor KubedMånad sedan

    who else has been here since last Wednesday refreshing daily for a new video? anyone else having withdrawals?

  56. Emile Smith

    Emile SmithMånad sedan

    Hi. Have you tried using jewelry box felt instead of using tape to slow down/brake the marbles?

  57. AkozPlayz

    AkozPlayzMånad sedan

    I don't know how this man does it but it is awesome music keep up the work!

  58. dcoog anml

    dcoog anmlMånad sedan

    I’ll be using your music and sharing it with every content creator I meet!!

  59. Jason Rivera

    Jason RiveraMånad sedan

    I remember seeing this machine but it was different

  60. BitMyAxe

    BitMyAxeMånad sedan

    Dammit Wilson!!!

  61. llifeform

    llifeformMånad sedan

    More posts please 😁

  62. dcoog anml

    dcoog anmlMånad sedan


  63. ellieban

    elliebanMånad sedan

    The days drag by, and here I am watching this again to get my Martin and MMX fix. I hope the length of time between videos means A) Martin in getting some rest and B) he's just being so productive he has no time to edit videos.

  64. derHinek

    derHinekMånad sedan

    Somehow this conveyor belt reminds me of the old Marble Machines programming wheel ;-)

  65. Village People

    Village PeopleMånad sedan

    You're so amazing bro, I'm so happy to watching yoir channel. And i yours new subscriber

  66. artgoat

    artgoatMånad sedan

    The machine sure has gotten quieter since the proof of concept video in 2019!

  67. Peter Ferguson

    Peter FergusonMånad sedan

    And according to this video would have taken about 20 minutes to make those marbles:

  68. Toni

    ToniMånad sedan

    You are genius

  69. Just Some Guy Who Slays Goblins

    Just Some Guy Who Slays GoblinsMånad sedan

    How havey is this machine?

  70. James Healey

    James HealeyMånad sedan

    Free licence ??? Thats an amazing gift , thankyou

  71. Maddison Krauss

    Maddison KraussMånad sedan

    I’ll be using your music and sharing it with every content creator I meet!!

  72. Scarven

    ScarvenMånad sedan

    Have you lost your marbles?!

  73. championchap

    championchapMånad sedan

    Damn, that’s some really good progress. I’m confident have this thing working for an extended period with 0 failures across all components sooner or later. Those tracks you machined with the little windows are beautiful indeed.

  74. rene villalon

    rene villalonMånad sedan

    when is mmx marble machine song?

  75. Joep van der Ven

    Joep van der VenMånad sedan

    For all the dutchies that see this, can we push the marble machine into the top2000?

  76. tiger kat!

    tiger kat!Månad sedan


  77. Pc-professional- X753

    Pc-professional- X753Månad sedan

    Love this guy

  78. Drew supplee

    Drew suppleeMånad sedan

    The amount of engineering he puts into the machine is staggering

  79. Klauz Wayne

    Klauz WayneMånad sedan

    Also those runner wheels on the belts will not remove resonating but instead shift it into a higher frequenzy. Although that may be enough to solve your problem.

  80. Klauz Wayne

    Klauz WayneMånad sedan

    I'm a little worried about your new wooden parts. Since they basically absorb all the weight and impulse, they may wear down quite fast. Since wear on these parts will directly affect the height of the marble chain inside, you should keep a close eye on that.

  81. ShimdisBack

    ShimdisBackMånad sedan

    Hi Wintergatan, thanks for all your videos, hope the project is going well. To solve the issue with the belts I think you can simply pierce some holes in it to stop the belts entering in resonance. If there is tiny holes all across the belt, the vibration will not be able to run across it. Hope it can help you. Have a great day, full blessings

  82. tio 94

    tio 94Månad sedan

    This guy is just the best man what a humble person you are

  83. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoyMånad sedan

    I feel so at home when I watch your videos, it's like the feeling one gets when watching or reading Winnie the Pooh

  84. Tangent of circle.

    Tangent of circle.Månad sedan

    You mad lad, you actually did it

  85. Sensansenkai

    SensansenkaiMånad sedan

    It is SO SO exciting to see where Marble Machine X is- I hadn’t checked in on your progress for awhile and it’s very cool. I can’t wait to hear it playing music :)

  86. Sev Sevi

    Sev SeviMånad sedan

    This guy's a genius. If I've never been interested on listening to my math teacher, this guy's an exception. I'm actually learning here.

  87. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoyMånad sedan

    Two thoughts that I had while watching this asside from that it is awesome is that 1. Having labeling or some index on the programing wheel sheets so that you dont have to

  88. Jason Dragon

    Jason DragonMånad sedan

    Thanks for free music. I think your math is off. It has bothered me the last few videos, I think it is your formula in excel. 20000 with 61 fails is 19939 success. 19939/20000 is 99.695%

  89. エリヤ

    エリヤMånad sedan

    How could I miss this?

  90. Андрей Латушко

    Андрей ЛатушкоMånad sedan

    В две руки собрать космический корабль, который красиво полетит - талантище!

  91. UDM유디엠

    UDM유디엠Månad sedan

    We are witnessing a pioneer. Thank for all the hard works and great videos!!

  92. Gravy

    GravyMånad sedan

    This is awesome I love the $0 + pay what you want, this should become standard.

  93. Pablo D'Ambrosio

    Pablo D'AmbrosioMånad sedan

    The rotation thing was incredible, only that was recompense enough. But those weight traps to reduce the marvels pressure... and the marvel modules, it's just so great.

  94. noémie maurice

    noémie mauriceMånad sedan

    I've just discovered you and damn dude that's so sexy! Edit : me, a french person reaching any point in any video where someone talks about my country : Oh no they hate me! (Jk I know ya don't XD unless...)

  95. yasio bolo

    yasio boloMånad sedan

    Wow l like 🤔🤭❤️❤️

  96. Si mwen te ka renmen ou

    Si mwen te ka renmen ouMånad sedan

  97. yasio bolo

    yasio boloMånad sedan

    18:40 Nice sync, editor(s). I love those kind of little details :)

  98. DutchBlackMantha

    DutchBlackManthaMånad sedan

    The over-rotation effect slows down the marble because it needs to rotate faster to cover the same amount of track, so a larger percentage of the kinetic energy goes into rotational movement, and less in linear movement. But that only matters during movement, not in the static pressure.

  99. Captain Caveman

    Captain CavemanMånad sedan

    Exactly. The marble is rolling on a smaller part of itself so it needs more rotations to travel the same amount. It's like when turning something on a lathe. You have to spin the part faster when cutting smaller diameters and slower on larger diameters to achieve the correct surface footage per minute.

  100. Tobias H

    Tobias HMånad sedan

    I imagine this is how it feels to make the first piano all those years ago in Europe. The piano prides itself in being able to reciprocate the wide range of octaves and keys that only a orchestra can provide. Hence it is a great solo instrument. With the bass, drums, and everything you're doing, that's exactly it.

  101. Ponlets

    PonletsMånad sedan

    is your Detektivbyrån stuff also on there :)

  102. Bret Z

    Bret ZMånad sedan

    More friction = more speed on the marble track diameter thing

  103. Valentin Danev

    Valentin DanevMånad sedan

    but why?

  104. Julian Sivertsen

    Julian SivertsenMånad sedan

    The reliability score is incorrect 20000 marbles tested with 19939 successful gives a reliability of 19939/20000 = 0.99695 on a scale from 0 to 1. To convert to percent you multiply this by 100 and get 99.695%, but note that spreadsheets do this step for you when you format the number as percent.

  105. igor alves

    igor alvesMånad sedan

  106. xnightmare13

    xnightmare13Månad sedan

    Two thoughts that I had while watching this asside from that it is awesome is that 1. Having labeling or some index on the programing wheel sheets so that you dont have to count spaces between pins could be helpful. 2. I don't know that you would use it for a song but you didnt specifically test releasing 2 marbles simultaniously to see if that causes a failure, I view that more as a test in case the progam wheel incorectly programed. Awesome work, please keep it up.

  107. DurschfallTV

    DurschfallTVMånad sedan

    What a chad with the free music! Youre a great guy i have to say!

  108. yasio bolo

    yasio boloMånad sedan

    This machine is so beautiful. Aesthetically, and as a piece of marvelous engineering. I can't wait to hear it play something complex :D

  109. jodiesw

    jodieswMånad sedan

    I look forward to these videos . They brighten my day and you Martin, inspire me to pursue my own interests. Thank You for everything you do.

  110. yasio bolo

    yasio boloMånad sedan

    Mesmerizing to watch all the parts work together

  111. Ahmad Istaitiya

    Ahmad IstaitiyaMånad sedan

    I am starting to think that the mmx is in its final touchs