Star Wars Barrel Organ Made of 20,000 Lego Bricks

Originally posted on MAKE:

star wars barrel organ

Not sure how we missed this gem of a creation from 2012, but behold the Star Wars barrel organ, built by a team in Germany including Lego Certified Professional Rene Hoffmeister, in honor of the release of Star Wars Episode I in 3D.

From team member Lorenz Lnggrtnr:

We took the iconic Star Wars Main Theme, rearranged it and translated it into a matrix – the constrution blueprint for the organ. Then, we took the four most famous Star Wars worlds – Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and the Death Star – and built them on to the barrel, accordingly to the musical composition. When the organ is turned, the bricks touch mechanical sensors – these strike the keys of a built-in keyboard and play the Star Wars Main Theme.

The result is a fascinating mechanism that translates a whopping 20,000 bricks to music when manually rotated. The instrument toured a number…

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