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.”

7 Responses to University of Iowa Farm Machine Music

  1. Chris D says:

    Sadly, this is computer-generated, from some years back: http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp.

    If you imagine how you'd fire a ball so reliably that it would hit a string every time, you'd want the firing barrel to remain narrow all the way to the end, instead of being belled out like that.

  2. Oh, too bad, Lloyd. I guess it pays to check out snopes.com for a lot more things than I'd have expected.
    K

  3. Kathy P. says:

    Yeah but it's still a neat video!

  4. dragonfly says:

    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.)

  5. Lloyd Kahn says:

    dragonfly,
    Nope, this building is real. What you see is the work of Hoachlander Davis Photography (http://www.hdphoto.com/), 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: http://smartgrowthmd.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/back-at-the-crib-yo/
    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.

  6. dragonfly says:

    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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