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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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789 Comments

What a feat of engineering and appreciation of good music. I love that piece. Thank you for showing us this.

Wow! Just wow!

Just beautiful. I never saw something like this. Thanks to those Japanese that made this surprise!!!

It´s fantastic!!! It´s something that only Japanese could do !!!
Tanks for the beautiful moments you offer to us.

Splendid idea, enormous talent & extraordibnaery patience. Loved it...congratulations for the team effort.

amazing well done

Awesome

where in Kyushu? does it remain?

For me, it is beautiful in that it demonstrates our elemental hunger for a connection to nature to temper all-consuming technology.

Creativity IS. Whether it is for a purely artistic endeavor, a high moral purpose, or a crass commercial one, creativity happens. Let us applaud the avante-garde, joyful spirit that was infused into this offering instead of critiquing motives or methods. Bravo!!

Marvellous! Magical! Magnificent! What a project!

I found pretty beautiful. And to those who suggest it was a waste of time and money remember it is a commercial and we're all watching it and discussing it and now know about a cell phone (whether we like it or not) that we may have never heard of before. So at the minimum as a commercial it was highly successful as you quibble and argue over a Japanese cell phone.

Arigato gozaimashita!

Absolutely brilliant! A detailed work of art.

Pure genius with gigantic aspirations and inspiration!!! Absolutely amazing!

Totally awesome!!!!!

Bravo!

Los japoneses merecen toda mi admiración, por su buen hacer y su constancia. Bss. Pilar.

WOW!!!

GENIAL1!!!

Incredible like most of what the Japanese accomplish. The word can't do just does not exist in their language.

A wonder and so beautiful in all ways !

PARABÉNS!!!

FANTÁSTICO!!!

Absolutely marvelous!!!

A masterpiece for the ages!

patience, trust in knowledge, ingenuity, brilliant and working together breeds success in all we do

that was truly inspiring and very magical

How very wonderful!......so creative and a thing of beauty. Thank you to whomever thought of this, and to all those who worked on it. Makes me want a Touch Wood phone, too.....just to support this company.

very cool.

Fantastic. What patience these folks had to have to get every sound precise and to create such a beautiful sound. I'm amazed.

I couldn't take my eyes off it. Very moving. Make music, not war.

WOW! Amazing! I loved it.

WOW ! If all countries spent more time making fun & interesting items like this, instead of guns & weapons & bombs, what a wonderful world this would be. And so very creative & even the animals love it.

The ingenuity of the human mind never ceases to amaze.

I am amazed by such a dedication. That's awesome project and as a musician, I understand how hard is to get everything in tune!
Congratulations to the crew!

This is the most spiritually significant event I have seen in a long, long time. working together to create beauty. Thank you, thank yu, thank you. Wow. Make music, not war. Make beauty all around.

Nice rubato.

All's right with the world!

Any work of beauty, in a setting of beauty is beautiful and uplifting and most welcomed in a world mired in quarrel and unrestrained greed. I may be a little late seeing this for the first time, but I also enjoyed the comments they made me chuckle! Peace to all.

Beautiful, inspiring, and above all, musical in all the sense of the word.

Truely amazing!!! Reminds me of a great project and a bunch of very excited genius kids!! What a work of art__muciscal, woodworking, Physics, human cooperation and joy.

Coolest thing I've seen in years. Genius.

Muito lindo!!! Muito criativo!!! Adorei!!!

Sensacional!!! Incrível!!! Inteligência pura!!! Parabéns!!!

Isn't that interesting and creative. Make sure to let Carol Ahola know about this new music in the forest. Delightful way to have musical notes to work by!!

My Prius was made in Japan, so the beauty and precision of this musical instrument does not surprise me!

That was absolutely beautiful!

OUT STANDING

Visible and audible genius.

Dear Mr Bogzop, I´m also a musician. What is to be noticed here is the effort, the playfullness and the dedication man can achieve. The song is a standard, wonderful - but the way it´sbeing played is awesome.

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