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A Tibetan Singing Bowl

Singing bowls… are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with the bottom surface resting. The sides and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency (first harmonic) and usually two audible harmonic overtones (second and third harmonic). 

You can also watch this Tibetan Bowl Master both strike and rub the outsides of the bowls for different sounds. 

There are more bells ringing in the archives. Related watching and listening: Glass Harps

From the youtube account of Ronald Walters, an annotated video of a “marble machine" in the style of Rube Goldberg

This is intended to be an awkward, overly complicated mechanism for the sole purpose of entertainment and to make noise in the process. People seem to enjoy watching gears turn and marbles running around in circles making noise.

There are 16 gears hand-cut from ½” Baltic Birch plywood driven by an electric gear reduction motor.

Would love to see this in person. It’s pretty mesmerizing. Also: gears!