Rube Goldberg Device Makes Music From Raindrops [Video]

Rube Goldberg Device Makes Music From Raindrops [Video]
Arts & Culture

One artist uses raindrops and their speed to create a waterfall of sounds.

Serena Chu
  • 23 december 2013

In collaboration with Snapple and their “Re-enFactments” video series, musician j.viewz created an impressive mechanical system that turns raindrops into music. While some of the brand’s bottle cap facts might go unnoticed, Real Fact #453 – “Raindrops can fall as fast as 20 miles per hour” – became a visual display of one artist’s creativity and artistry.


As water falls through the artificial rain dispenser, it will trigger an assortment of sound samples depending on their speed of release. The controller is rigged with sensors to precisely record the speed of each droplet, which is then documented by a computer.



Doing what they do best, j.viewz and his fellow musicians made their own sounds to create the raindrops musical symphony. Below is this week’s feature “Re-enFactments” video, give it a listen.


Source, image: Core 77

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