All the Instruments In This Excellent Rock Band Are Played by Actual Rocks

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Last year, artist Neil Mendoza turned a hamster running in a wheel into a talented sketch artist. This year he’s pulled off an even more amazing feat by turning inanimate rocks into a talented (literal) rock band that plays a surprisingly decent cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”

The band features a series of electromechanical devices that make music by firing small rocks at aluminum keys, spinning rocks and hurling them against a piece of marble, or by simply slapping larger stones with strips of fake leather. The band’s lead is actually a computer running a MIDI player, but if you’re curious about more of the technical details, Mendoza has created an entire Instructables tutorial detailing how he built it. [Vimeo]