I’m a little bit in love with Martin Molin. As most of you would of course already know, Martin Molin is the GENIUS musician/ builder of extraordinary contraptions who designed and built that now-quite-famous Marble Machine; an incredible giant-music-box type machine that makes music when you feed marbles into it ( there is a bit more to it than that, but that’s the basic idea) .
Because I’m TV free and have also largely removed myself from the world of social media, I’m ashamed to say that I only found out about the gorgeous Martin and his brilliance a few months back, thanks to my daughter’s awesome music teacher.
( If social media alerted me to more inspiring things like this, rather than petty arguments, general nastiness, endless selfies, and blow by blow accounts of people’s lunch/ train delay dramas, I’d consider going back…)
Anyway, whilst scouring YouTube for Syd Barrett stuff, I accidentally discovered a video (below) that Martin posted a few days ago to mark the one year anniversary of the original Marble Machine video ( below below). It features some covers fans have done of the original track- complete with Martin’s genuinely grateful, genuinely enthusiastic, feckin’ adorable, head-bobbing, smiling, reactions to them. It’s lovely, and just what I needed this otherwise glummish evening. So I’m posting both vids below now, for those who want to be reminded of the magnificent Marble Machine, and also for fellow slowlings like me who don’t live in the actual world ( any of you out there?) but do appreciate the lovely things (and people) that can come out of it nonetheless.
Merry Sunday, and much love and inspiration to anybody who sees this. I’m going away for a bit now.