University of Iowa Farm Machine Music

This turns out to be phony. Thanks to Chris D for the comment (see below).

“This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machine’s components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft Iowa, yes farm equipment.

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours (6.26 years) of set-up, alignment,calibration, and tuning before filming this video…

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to University of Iowa Farm Machine Music

  1. OK, this is probably as good a place as any to do this, but in the vein of computer renderings being passed off as real photographs or films, the "photos" on pages 76 & 77 of "Tiny Homes" are not photographs of any real object. They are computer renderings of a 3D model that exists inside a computer. Whether or not the structure has actually been built remains to be seen. As evidence I present the utter lack of *any* imperfection in any of the rendered objects, and the fact that "Silicon Bauhas" to whom the images are credited is in fact an architectural rendering firm, specializing in creating photo-realistic images of computer models. Not saying that you're trying to pull a fast one, LLoyd, but that someone may have been pulling a fast one on you. That said, I still *love* the book, and it is providing much inspiration for my building aspirations. (Sorry, had to vent – 3D renderings being passed off as images of actual objects is a pet peeve of mine.)

  2. dragonfly,
    Nope, this building is real. What you see is the work of Hoachlander Davis Photography (, whose slogan is "revealing the art in architectural photography." They obviously spiffed the photo up in Photoshop. There's a photo of the building, from the back side, with the architect standing on the deck at:
    Whew! Had me worried there for a moment, but happily this building does exist in the real world.
    Thanks to Lew Lewandowski for researching it.

  3. Sweet ! Thanks for looking into this. I've seen enough project/product "renderings" which viewers mistake for real objects that I'm rather suspicious when an image looks too clean. I'm sorry to have raised any worry.

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