Designer and Manufacturer:
MB&F / Reuge
Performance Art Piece between Reuge and MB&F.
With its spaceship-like design, rock and sci-fi melodies and innovative resonance soundboard, MusicMachine 2 boldly goes where no music box has gone before. Underneath its futuristic guise, MM2 features all the traditional elements of a beautifully-crafted, high-end music box made by REUGE, the music box manufacturer with nearly 150 years of expertise and experience.
MusicMachine 2 is powered by two independent movements mounted on the starship’s tail section. Each cylinder plays three melodies.
One of the biggest challenges of MusicMachine 2 was in amplifying the sound. An ingenious solution was raised and developed by Jeanmichel Capt of JMC Lutherie, who created a bespoke soundboard featuring NomexTM – a type of honeycomb-structured Kevlar – sandwiched between two resonant 350-year-old spruce membranes. Only one in 10,000 spruce trees has the exceptional acoustic properties required. Selected trees are cut down in November when sap flow is minimal and the timber is then dried for five to ten years. The result is a clear, loud, pure sound, supremely rich in timbre.
Laquered wood, aluminium dome (soundboard)
1st cylinder: Themes from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek
2nd cylinder: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, The Rolling Stones’ Angie and The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go?
30 x 51 x 16.8cm
Limited Editions of 66 pieces in black and 33 pieces in white
MusicMachine 2 from MB&F on Vimeo.