20 Windmill-Powered Music Boxes
A cluster of windmills is installed above the heads of the pedestrians on a public square in Namur, Belgium. Once the wind blows, each propeller powers a little music box that plays “Für Elise”. Since all music boxes are driven asynchronously, the single notes and chords of Beethoven's iconic music piece are constantly re-arranged. The result is a wind powered sound installation which scrambles the original and permanently produces new compositions based on one of the world's most well known melodies.
The construction files of the windmills are published under an open license. Everyone with access to a 3D printer and basic tools is invited to build an own version of the installation, or to invent a new machine based on this design.
You can find the building instructions here and below are some images of the installation.
I want to thank KIKK Festival for commissioning this installation, KIKK's excellent technical director Christoph van Hove for coordinating the setup of the scaffolding and all the helpers for building that massive structure!