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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

My canary loved it and sang along!

Amazing. Was it disassembled after the shoot was finished?

Teriffic

I would love to have this instrument descending the hill behind our house. I can imagine designing a simple delivery system to return the ball to the top, so it could play this haunting Bach melody over and over again.

Quatro

Beauty all around. Something so basic as wood can make such a huge impact when implemented with creativity. Thank you for your dedication, time and talent!

peaceful sound, calming. A person in our neighborhood burns the very best scented wood every night. The air is wonderful each warm evening. Just to combine nightly would be priceless. Enjoy the peace and scents of the best wood. Then add the sounds of sweetness. Life is short. Surround our senses with beautiful odors and sounds and uncalled for drama. Thank you Good Lord for nature.

How much did it cost? It kept several workers occupied for some time, I am sure.

amazing; patience; creative; nuff said.

Phenomenal achievement! Perfect example of perseverance, ingenuity and collective work. Congratulations!!

cool

Truly an extraordinary display of God's blessings to Humanity. He has blessed us with the ability to think and create, and hearts yearning to share our creative gifts and bless others with them. I thank God, in Yeshua's name, for creating us in His image. And certainly for the forrests filled with trees and sky...

What a gift to us. Creative, inspiring, beautiful. I want to start every morning with this wonder. Thank you. Lowell

Mr. Bach has been my favorite composer of all time and I'm sure that wherever he is now he's is in awe of what has been done here, truly magical. It's a shame that there are those don't appreciate the fact that music can be brought to us in many ways, by many people, by many devices, instruments, etc. as a result of talent and hard work. I loved the quiet wonder of this, a real,masterpiece.

Stunning ! I particularly like the ' off key human touch wood-ear ' result.

Loved it!!!! Very entertaining and inventive. Naysayers, get a grip and enjoy it for the creatativity.

Incredible!

What a wasting of woods, shame!

This is marvellously absurd in the best way that it can and should be. Only humans spend so incredibly much energy producing something totally irrelevant, and that's just who we are. I'm all for it, but sometimes I wish we had turned out differently.

Waste of time&money. Please get a life!

How cleaver, so amazing, simply beautiful.

Inspirational! Community creativity and remarkable imagination.

This is a joy to watch and listen, The forest setting is beautiful, and the expressions on the faces of the engineers is wonderful.

As a musician, woodworker and mathematician with a physics background I can appreciate this on many levels. It is a wonderful integration of the three with nature and the human spirit in a creative endeavor requiring cooperation among many people. What is not to like here? Advertising? Consumption of a natural resource? Intrusion into a forest? This is the world in which we live. One can easily find something to complain about in any human activity. I find it more rewarding to seek something to enjoy whenever possible.

Very clever, a hugh amount of work and engineering plus manpower and money involved.
BUT, was it all worth it in the end. A few notes were definately off key.

Nice....very CREATIVE. i THOROUGHLY ENJOY IT. TO BOGZOP I feel sad for you. You sound so full of yourself that you cannot appreciate anything from another source.

Not only is this an amazing feat but it sounds wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing~

this is amazing! the talent here , the time , who knows how long? I
would love to see it.

science, art and impeccable execution...wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing this. It's... timeless!

Astounding!

this is totally awesome...

Amazingly creative and delightful to watch! This is an ingenious tribute, not only to the individuals who conceived of this idea, but also to the whole group who cooperated in its successful completion!

Absolutely fascinating, Guys! Congats (from "Down Under") on a wonderful achievement!

Thank you so much for this video , unbelievable! Incredible job!

this is amazing!

ABSULTLY AMAZING!! GREAT ARTISTRY!! BRAVO!!!

Leave it to the Japanese. That was wonderful!

Truly delightful! However, I don't think it can compete with the natural sounds of the forest.

very pleasing to the soul thank you

How beautiful it is to see this creation and all the amazingly sensitive people who are so far away from here (Canada) physically but so connected to us through spirit, energy and humanity. Thank you (even if it was for an ad, at least it has spirit)

Very cool!

This was unbeleivably interesting, newver seen some thing so unusualy great.Loved it

Truly Japanese. As a world traveler for 43 yrs. I can say this would develop in the country of Japan and nowhere else. Amen

Fantastic

WOW, Genius, there's no end to the fun and creativity of the human mind. Bach would have got a kick out of this especially if he was a fun and crazy kinda guy!!

Marvellous, simply Marvellous. 3-4 flat spots, but they can be fixed easily. To conceive this, then to make it to reality, is truly creative. My heartiest congratulations to all of you. And, you could not have selected a more enduring piece of music.

What a magical mystical work of art!

Wonderful.... enjoyed this.

How absolutely incredible - and beautiful. Have to wonder what possessed these men to even take on such an elaborate
job. Kudos!!!

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