Funds for the Perth Music Mill

$2,705 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 5 months
Mace Francis  Bedford, WA
The Music Mill is a solar powered sound sculpture made up of many automated musical instruments: glockenspiel, marimba, tuned pipes, snare drum, bass drum and cow bell. Each instrument is manually programed through the use of pins and lift arms to create different melodies and rhythms. It is like a giant kids toy which brings joy to small and big kids!


Why Make This?
I have been helping Japanese saxophonist and composer Makoto Oka to create one in Japan over the last few years and now I would like to build one in Perth.

What I love about The Music Mill is the purely analogue way to create music. The whole process of making music is visible - the motor turns the gears which lifts arms and beaters which then hit instruments to create joyus sounds. It is programable but has a life of its own.

While it makes music by itself it is fun to play along with. Here is Makoto and myself playing along with the Japanese Music Mill at the Tobigamori Festival in Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan.


I am looking to raise funds to help me build this beast! Your generous support will go to purchasing materials, instruments, specialist tools, expertise labour and flying Makoto Oka out to Australia.

I would be super super thankful for any contributions as it will help make this dream machine come true.


If you are unable to give financially but are handy with building things, please make contact. I will need all the help I can get! 

I am really looking forward to having a Music Mill in Perth and presenting it at many community events and festivals in the near future.
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Posted by Mace Francis
4 months ago
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Hi Music Mill supporters. I am sorry for the radio silence, as I have been head down building this beast and it is coming along. The frame and gears have been made and I have been working on creating many of the mechanisms to drive the instruments.

Your support has enabled this flourish of productivity. So... again... thank you thank you so much!!!

You can check out the progress of the Mill on the FaceBook page. www.facebook.com/themusicmill We also have an Instagram page @themusicmill I am updating these regularly.

The Mill will be launched at the LightUp Leederville Carnival on December 4 so please try to make it down and see it in action. We will be performing all day and it will be part of the main event in the evening - Very Exciting!!!

Thank you again and I hope you will follow our progress on FaceBook and Instagram.

See you soon!
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Posted by Mace Francis
5 months ago
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After only a few days I have almost reached my target!!! I can not thank you all enough!! It is really exciting to feel and see so much for the project - you have all given me... as the song says... "the strength to carry on"!!!
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Cinnamon Stephens
5 months ago

Best wishes for the Music Mill Project!!!! What a wonderful concept :) environmentally friendly, community involvement and sweet music as a result! I also look forward to donating some creative metalwork to the design xxxx

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$2,705 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 5 months
Created September 21, 2016
AJ
$30
Amanda Jones
3 months ago

Meraviglioso

PG
$40
Priscilla Gardner
3 months ago

Ye boi. Channel 9 brought me here

HS
$15
Holli Scott
3 months ago

Can't wait for this Mace!!!

$10
Daisy Fanning
3 months ago

Such a cool idea :)

AM
$35
Andrew Murray
3 months ago

Channel 9 baby!!

TP
$50
Tristen Parr
3 months ago

Can't wait to see the beast in action!!

SC
$25
Stuart cromey
4 months ago

Looks great ,hope you do not blow a fuse????

MK
$50
Mar Knox
4 months ago

Can't wait to see it in action Mace! Such an amazing concept. Well done you!!!

AH
$50
Alice Humphries
4 months ago
DB
$30
Dale Boaden
4 months ago
Cinnamon Stephens
5 months ago

Best wishes for the Music Mill Project!!!! What a wonderful concept :) environmentally friendly, community involvement and sweet music as a result! I also look forward to donating some creative metalwork to the design xxxx

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