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Sound Garden


Photo: Hokkaido garden show

Photo: Hokkaido garden show

The Hokkaido Gardens in Daisetsuzan, Japan, were recently host to a show of proportions both epic and very, very small. They brought together a young up-and-coming architect, a garden designer, and a sound designer to create a garden experience for all the senses. The video below is of the sound designer’s work.

Someone on YouTube commented that they didn’t get what the big deal was. They thought this was an animation and Bach’s BMV 147 played on a marimba. But it’s actually just a very tuneful (and large) Rube Goldberg Machine. The installation consists of a wooden ball being sent down a xylophone constructed of local wood placed on an incline so that the ball falls at (basically) the exact pace of the cantata it is playing. Fascinating!

The Gardens are quite a lovely place, even without the amazing show display. Take a look. It’s a very peaceful video.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Sound Garden

  1. Ha! I just posted that video to Facebook a couple of days ago. It’s incredible, isn’t it? I think it would be amazing to walk through those gardens and then hear that music, I’m also impressed with the engineering skills involved in creating the instrument.

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  2. What a magical place! I loved the idea of the hammock library and the bubble garden. What wonderful ways to draw non-gardeners into the lovely gardens. I would never want to leave.

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  3. Magical! Thank you for sharing Donna!

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  4. You did it again — found something beautiful — Thanks!

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  5. Reblogged this on GettingrealwithPTSD and commented:
    Some more beauty from the fab blog OBT…

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  6. I think I need to save this and whenever I feel stressed from work, I just need to hit ‘play.’ This is beautiful, Donna.

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  7. The Giant Zylophone is amazing! To get the ball the right weight to move on the intricate steps at the correct pace is a technical feat! The music definitley set the mood for a walk through the grand gardens. In my area, there is the Morikami Museum, which gives a glimpse of Japan to visitors in Florida. I have always enjoyed being there, but the Hokkaido Gardens took my breathe away!

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