This is the most brilliantly nerdy rendition of the Star Wars theme you’ll ever see.

I would certainly never suggest that the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace was anything more than a terrible idea, but it did give us one good thing: a huge, hand-cranked barrel organ made out of more than 20,000 Lego bricks that features famous Star Wars settings and actually plays the Star Wars theme. It’s admittedly not quite up to the standard set by the London Symphony Orchestra, but it’s being played by a giant cylinder covered in Lego. Lego!

The barrel organ was created by professional Lego builders Rene Hoffmeister and Axel Al-Rubaie to commemorate the release of the 3D version of The Phantom Menace in Germany. It was displayed in several theaters and is currently making the rounds through various Lego events before it eventually ends up in Legoland Germany.

“We took the iconic Star Wars Main Theme, rearranged it and translated it into a matrix – the constrution blueprint for the organ,” the Cargo Collective blog explains. “Then, we took the four most famous Star Wars worlds – Hoth, Tatooine, Endor and the Death Star – and built them on to the barrel, accordingly to the musical composition. When the organ is turned, the bricks touch mechanical sensors – these strike the keys of a built-in keyboard and play the Star Wars Main Theme.”

I think it’s fair to say that some design liberties were taken with the settings, but at this point the whole of Star Wars is about taking liberties. And what of it, anyway? I’ll take this over those crappy cardboard stand-ups we get around these parts any day of the week.

Source: Laughing Squid

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