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WINTERGATAN

Hi there. Roberto here again. It’s been a while since our last post, but we are really excited about this new one. Las week we where flabbergasted by The Amazing Marble Machine from Wintergatan. A musical, design and engineering marvel, that looks like something out of a Michel Gondry movie, or what Leonardo Da Vinci would have played if he had been a DJ.

Wintergatan, "The Milky Way”, is a band from Göteborg, Sweden that mixes folk and electronica using traditional sounds and  instruments such as the glockenspiel, traktofon, or Theremin to create beautiful music that is both emotional and energetic. According to their website, the band consists of Martin Molin and Marcus Sjöberg (who previously fronted the band Detektivbyrån -detetive agency) together with Evelina Hägglund and David Zandén.

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The Marble Machine is a wooden instrument designed and built by Molin, that combines a vibraphone, electronic drums, electric bass and cymbal. It's operated by an intricate mechanism of levers, wheels, gears (even Lego Technics pieces) and belts that transport thousands of marbles and moves them up and down to make the instruments play a song that the composer has previously programmed in the machine. "The marbles, you know, they behave like water. The nature of water is that it just breaks through everything. After 100,000 years it can make a hole in stone. The marbles act like that.” commented Molin in a WIRED UK interview.

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The project took months (years, actually) of incredibly detailed design and construction and each step was beautifully documented on video. Binge-watch all the prologues and you’ll be amazed at Molin’s skills and craftsmanship as well as his musicianship. The Marble Machine reminded me of works like Tim Hawkinson’s uber organ in that awe-inspiring cleverness that make it equal parts music box and sculpture. It mixes the basic concept of a player piano with a Rube Golberg machine and turns it into a sophisticated magical instrument. It’s inaugural song, performed with the help of 2,000 marbles, is a perfect manifestation of the machine’s possibilities and a showcase of it’s creator’s original talent. We can’t wait for the next song to come out of it.


Post by Roberto Fonfria

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LEON BRIDGES

Hi. I’m Becca, the English Expert at El Autobús. (i.e. I’m the go-to native English speaker around here who helps with things like copywriting, translation and editing). When I gave up my home office to start working for El Autobús, I noticed a lot of slight, seemingly insignificant changes to my daily routine. I drink coffee at my desk instead of in bed. I wear pants that match my shirts. The most significant change, aside from actually seeing other humans, is that I can listen to music again. Music wasn’t an option at my home office because the work required absolute silence. I loved the job but I missed the music. Today’s Bus Pick is dedicated to my latest favorite sound: Leon Bridges.

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

"Coming Home" from Leon Bridges' new album 'Coming Home'

I stumbled upon Leon Bridges as I was listening to a genre on Spotify called ‘Dark Southern Gothic,’ a name that amused me and ended up hitting the spot on much of the music I listen to and cannot for the life of me categorize.

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Let me tell you about Mr. Bridges. He’s a twenty-five year old soul singer from Texas. His voice smooths effortlessly over his lighthearted romantic tracks. His songs are bluesy and honest yet hopeful, rooted in Southern charm and a respect for an era of music that I haven’t seen reproduced like this until now. He sends you straight to the early 60s; I almost can’t believe he was born in 1989.

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

What amazes me even more is that he seems to have almost randomly stumbled upon his own music, much like how I found him. He grew up on Ginuwine and Usher. This is not a kid who stayed up late at night listening to his parents’ old Sam Cooke vinyls. This might spark criticism from those expecting Bridges to be more genuine, or to have deeper R&B roots, but I’m not interested in questioning his integrity. For now, I’m just happy (no, thrilled) that someone is making this music.

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, photo by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

This is what I’m certain of: Leon’s first album, Coming Home, is really good.. I can’t stop listening to it. I play it at work. I put it on repeat at backyard barbecues. I dance to it when I’m cooking dinner. Leon’s sweet R&B is just as right for a lonely night sipping drinks on the porch as it is for a dancefloor warmer at a wedding. It’s definitely playing at mine.

‘Coming Home’ was released last week and I’m pretty sure there’s a reason I’m not his only fan. Have a listen for yourself. It’ll be honey for your soul.

"Smooth Sailin" from Leon Bridges' new album 'Coming Home'

Leon Bridges, photos by: Rambo

Leon Bridges, photos by: Rambo

Let us know what you think in the comments!


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BOHEMIAN GUITARS

Hi, I’m Roberto, one of the founders of El Autobus, and I’m writing today’s BusPicks about one of the things we really love around here: making music! Jamming time is one of our favorite moments of the week, so, this post has to do with music, and design, and ideas, and a new brand I’ve been following that radiates the kind of good vibe that we love.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil Guitar. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil Guitar. $299

Bohemian Guitars inspiration came to brothers Adam and Shaun Lee from the "blik kitaar" a home made guitar that uses an empty oil can for its body and is commonly played in the townships of their hometown of Johannesburg and all over Southern Africa. They started their project to turn these artisanal guitars into professional sounding instruments with a kickstarter campaign in 2013.

Oil can guitars as seen on Hypepotamus

Oil can guitars as seen on Hypepotamus

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey. $299

Bohemian “oil can guitars”  use simple materials, craftsmanship and great aesthetics to make an affordable guitar with an incredible metallic sound.  I stumbled into them thru a G. Love video and was hooked to their sound and design.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey

Their sustainability efforts are nice too: For each Bohemian Guitar sold, one tree is planted in the developing world, thanks to a partnership with Trees For The Future. Also, there are Bohemian models made with reclaimed wood, vintage oil cans and old guitar parts.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Moonshine. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Moonshine. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Surf Wax. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Surf Wax. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil. $299

I hope my next post can be a video of a Bus-Jam with an actual Bohemian Guitar. Until we get one, there are some very cool videos on the web of ‘bohemians’ shredding the guitar’s bluesy raw sound.  (And more than a few great videos of people building their own traditional oil can guitars; maybe that’s the one we are gonna have!).

See ya.
R.


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