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Go to the woods of Kyushu, Japan. Engineer a massive xylophone (or is it a marimba?) to run down the slope of a forested hill. Take a wooden ball, place it at the top of said instrument, and push it. What do you get? Bach's treatment of a traditional church hymn! Namely, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

And, all this for a Japanese commercial for a kidney-shaped smartphone with the tagline, "Touch Wood." I may be late to the party on this one, but when I think of all the time it took to set this up, the precision and measurements used to adjust it and actually make each piece, and how many takes the film crew shot, it continues to inspire even if it's a year old.

And, here you can see how it was made:

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796 Comments

This is ingenious!

What patience and united effort for beautiful music from wood in a natural forest setting.
Thanks

I bow to you all - for the inspiration, the vision, the meticulous research, the arduous work and the incredible end result.
Only a beautiful world could produce such an extrordinary accomplishment. Thank you for sharing it.

This is absolutely fascinating! What patience and creativity these people exhibit! I would love to have been in the forest when they did this.

The incredible skills, patience and artistry of the Japanese continues to amaze and add t my respect for their work ethics and culture. Bravo on this imaginative project.

Brilliant

HOW GOOD WAS GOD TO GIVE MAN A BRAIN. JUST AMAZING.

Abundant Gratitude for this unique example of skilled creation "In Oneness".

~ ~ ~ EXCELLENT PLUS EQUALS SUPERB ~ ~ ~

Subarashi! Excellent!

Fantastic! Human imagination is endless!

Subarashii!!

Awesome. Mesmerizing, i love it.

unbelievable!!!! beautiful!!!

This is truly amazing.The hours it took to manufacture, I find no fault in the desire to do something never before attempted. As a craftsman myself I find the beauty in this effort .

Fantastic, absolutely wonderful.

Cheers to the engineering minds that melded academics and whimsy. What patience and persistence! And thanks to the Korg tuner, as well. My Korg just sits on the music stand; nary a clever thought!

Absolutely hard to believe the time, thought and energy to accomplish this. LOVE IT! Thank you.

I thought it was priceless. So many hours of work to set it up and build it. Awesome!

God love them!

waste of time and money

I came to tis video through "on Bring", a radio show that often inspires with discussion of facinating topics, This feat is insprsational not only in the massive effort to bring it to fruition, but , suprisingly such beauty should be in the base bursuit of commercialsm. Putting that aside, I hopr this 'xylaphone' was lef tintact for unsuspecting hikers to stumble upon. It would be great if it inspired others to create other melding of nature and human ingenuity and leave them as random acts of beauty and inspiration in public spaces throughout tghe world. I am certainly goinh to try and invite anyone to share such creations on my farm "Fiddler's Greens" in upstate New York.

A commercial, another one using the musical master JS Bach to glorify/praise the Master! I love the genius in some commercials, as this one, and pray the influence of His Word through this medium lead both the creators/promoters and the consumers to again focus on Jesu, the true and eternal Joy of man's desiring. He is that, pure JOY, once people learn to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ by checking out His Word, the Bible. It's His year, A.D. 2013, --Anno Domine --- In the year of our Lord--, still our Time of Grace. But time is running out. Are we ready to meet Him? His Word invites, --Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.. --- Look! the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world! ---- The just shall live by faith. Can you find these , and so many other verses to guide and comfort, strengthen and sustain, in an internet Bible search?

This is pure joy! Suits the music.

Brilliant

Realmente EXTRAORDINARIO! TAMAÑA CREATIVIDAD Y BELLEZA!!!!!

Abolutely amazing, we love it. Congratulations to the creators, designers and technicians who came up with this.

I am speechless, it is truly amazing and awesome. I agree that the setting is pretty spectacular as well!!!

WOW!! WOW!! Out standing.

I want to hear more than one ball at a time

Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring was played at our wedding at my request. My wife and I just love it. Congratulations on such a brilliantly executed concept.

What an ingenious project! Loved watching and loved listening. Thank you, and good luck with "Touch Wood" sales.

jozu jozu

Totally Amazing...Such precise measurements and patience. Great to hear and watch...Thanks for sharing with us.

Stunning - well done

How many trees had to die for this...just kidding ...they are a renewable resource but it is strange the esoteric depth that this niche fan club gives to the world as art.

peace love and zen !!

I LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for your hard work, and sharing your accomplishment/achievement with me!!!!

I think this project could be justified only after all the people who suffered from the tsunami and nuclear tragedy are taken care of. Until then, what a waste of time, money and energy.

Wonderful concept. Congratulations !

What a wonderful project, so creative on many levels. Hope this video reaches mainstream in the Western Countries. Man's brain, soul and body do great projects when the better good takes charge.

So impressed!Triumph of engineering and perfection and ecology!

Speachless...

some people have too much time on their hands

Excelent. Congratulations.

Outstanding, entertaining, clever. thanks

Awesome

Wow!

Charming

Truly, the true religion of Japan is Aestheticism!

Much more fun than making war...............

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