Geek-Strament ??

05 · 13 · 09

By @geekgirls

I received this video as an email forward and felt compelled to share with you immediately.

The emails states:

“This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa …Yes, farm equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort. It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.”

But, as a geek girl, I didn’t want to just give that brief introduction, so I decided to conduct a little research on the Music Conservatory and Sharon Wick School of Engineering as well as specific on the exhibit. Unfortunately, the more I searched the internet, the more I began to question the validity of this amazing video.

Thanks to a post by truthorfiction.com, I found out that:

“The music is actually an acclaimed example of what is called “animated music” and is titled Pipe Dream.  It is from http://www.animusic.com/dvd-info-clips-1.html and is included on a DVD of other animated music productions.  

The University of Iowa says there is neither a Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory nor a Sharon Wick School of Engineering on the campus.  Those are fictional institutions.”

So now that you know the truth, please enjoy the following video. And if you receive a forward email, make sure to correct the sender 😉


  1. Have you heard about David Byrne’s “Playing the Building”? He set up an organ in the middle of a maritime armory, hooked up to pipes and rafters and anything else he could, and visitors could “play” the building. It sounds a little creepy, but the idea is incredible! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1D30gS7Z8U (can’t guarantee the quality of the video–at work!–but it should get the point across.)

  2. The first time I saw this was as an nVidia GeForce demo video.

    Really, any geek should know that 😉

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