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April 27, 2013

MusicMachine's futuristic looks contain an old-fashioned music box

MusicMachine's futuristic looks contain an old-fashioned music box

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Though it may bring to mind a Star Wars starfighter model, or perhaps a top-secret military jet concept, the futuristic-looking MusicMachine by Reuge and MB&F is in fact a fully-functional music box.

The spacecraft-like design of MusicMachine disguises the music box's inner workings: combs are made to look like vent grills, cylinders resemble twin reactors, and the mechanical winders are styled as propellers.

The main body is constructed from sound-amplifying lacquered walnut, and the unit measures 39 x 47 x 16 cm (15 x 18 x 6 inches). MusicMachine’s total weight comes in a shade under 3 kg (approximately 6.5 pounds).


Once fully-wound, MusicMachine produces 35 seconds-long extracts of six classic songs which are said to mesh with the non-conformist attitude that MB&F aspires to. These include themes from Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall, Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, and John Lennon's Imagine.

MusicMachine is available in a limited edition of just 66 units: 33 pieces in white, and 33 in black. Price to be announced.

Source: MB&F via Uncrate

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3 Comments

Fantastic! This is ground breaking styling for an Audio product. I love it. Complete with legendary music. And only a limited edition. Great stuff. Made my Sunday!

Nantha Kumar Nithiahnanthan
27th April, 2013 @ 06:36 pm PDT

What a waste of money! I started to read hoping for a fully-fledged CD-based music box, instead all we get is 35 second-long extracts of six songs? The device is still not tiny or light, plus you still have to wind it up. A small car CD player cased in tasteful Perspex or varnished teak (a suggestion) with a sealed rechargeable battery (USB lead?) would be more useful, and with a home burned CD - the WAV files can be found anywhere - would give you the entire songs, and not just six of them either!

The Skud
28th April, 2013 @ 08:24 pm PDT

i totally agree with The Skud. what a waste of money. "35 second-long extracts of six songs", did they even listen to themselves???

phluid
29th April, 2013 @ 09:06 am PDT
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