If you have not yet seen the Wintergatan Marble Machine video, you should. It is totally amazing: a musical instrument and a Heath Robinson machine and a marble run and a great tune. It has been viewed nearly 19 million times since it was published on the 29th February.
Wintergatan have a lot of videos on YouTube most of which tell the story of the construction of the Marble Machine. I loved watching them all: an impressive combination of experimentation and skill.
The Starmachine 2000 video is also great. It interleaves a stop-motion animation (featuring Lego) filmed using a slide machine (which apparently provides the percussion riff for the tune) with the band showing some of their multi-instrument virtuosity.
The second half of the video tells the story of another home-made musical instrument: a music box driven by punched tape, which you can see playing the melody at the start of the video. Starmachine 2000 was published in January 2013, so it's a tiny hint of their later greatness.
I think the synth played on the shoulder is also home-made.
Sommarfågel is the band's introductory video, also featuring stop-motion animation and the punched-tape music box.
Its intro ends with a change of time signature from 4/4 to 6/8 time!
The second half of the video is the making of the first half - the set, the costumes, the animation. The soundtrack sounds like it was played on the music box.
By my reckoning, 4 of the tracks are in 3/4 time, 3 in 4/4 time, and 2 in 6/8 time. I seem to like music in unusual time signatures.
One of the tracks is called "Biking is better".
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