A bubble organ, by Simone Giertz and her team, will definitely be your new favorite thing


Simone Giertz, engineer and inventor known for her “useless” inventions and her “naughty robots”, has a marvel of musical machinery. It’s a barrel organ that pops bubble wrap, and somehow it can actually play tunes.

For those of you who don’t know, Simon Giertz’s career is endlessly incredible, from popcorn helmets with Adam Savage to being inspired by Disney’s Gyro Gearloose to a background in mixed martial arts sports journalism. going through a brief appearance in the Chinese sitcom. Huan Xi Long Xia Dang. Seriously, his Wikipedia page would be great as fiction, but it feels like it’s real.

Her own background in engineering physics means she has some great ideas to share on bubble wrap, but there’s also an in-depth team of people to check out who’s worked on it, including engineer Stu McCConnel and the stagehand Sami Go. (Yay, collaboration!) See below.

But all this is only a joy for fans of mechanical engineering and history of music and musical instruments. The resulting design isn’t entirely unprecedented either – it’s a bit like they’ve made a barrel organ out of bubble wrap.

And then we get a big request for music from his fans.

Learn more about the project – great to see that SIMone takes the time to do detailed credits:

Stu McConnel has done a lot of engineering and has a hell of a brain. Please don’t try to hire him as he now works full time (!) with me.

AJ Lodge helped film the music video and wrote the debut song! https://www.instagram.com/aj.lodge/

Amanda Lodge did the storyboard and assisted in the filming! She does character design and murals and you should hire her: https://www.instagram.com/amandajanelodge/

Sami Go is a machinist who helped set up the rotary kit! And she also taught me pretty much everything I know about CNCelia. You can follow her here: https://www.instagram.com/gosamilee/

Victor Broadley lent me his fancy punching arm and saved me ~so much time~. He makes a bunch of movie props and has a cute dog: https://www.instagram.com/veektohr/

Jorvon Moss lent me his 3D printer when I was in trouble! He also does some super cool robotics projects if you need some inspo: https://www.instagram.com/odd_jayy/

Good product. And we know of red dwarf this bubble wrap is the key to success…


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