Friday, October 23, 2009

Collaborative Effort - Farm Equipment - Well Done!

Update: Well, after posting this amazing video, I learned through Snopes that the story and video are not what they appear . . . Unfortunately, the Smithsonian has researched, and has determined that this is computer generated through a program called Animusic.

I am bummed out, but will leave this post up (and the bogus story) because I still think it's still pretty cool. -kat


This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa.

Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa. Yes, farm equipment.

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see, it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

It's the Machine You Won't Believe. . . .


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing!
    It's amazing to me what people can come up with. Maybe "John Deer" is the key word for designing a none-gasoline/-electric vehicle engine which saves money and the environment?
    Wouldn't that be something?


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