Performance art - Moonmachine

Performance art - Moonmachine



MusicMachine is a music box that looks and sounds out of this world. It contains all the traditional, time-honoured elements of a superlative high-end music box, but designed and configured in a totally unconventional way.

But then you would expect nothing less from a collaboration between REUGE and MB&F. REUGE, the premier manufacturer of music boxes on the planet, with nearly 150 years of expertise and experience. And MB&F, the award-winning artistic and micro-engineering laboratory acclaimed for its avant-garde, three-dimensional Horological Machines.

With its dual propellers and twin silver cylinders mounted on sleek outrigger landing gear, MusicMachine looks like a spaceship hailing from a galaxy far, far away.

Each of the cylinders on MusicMachine plays three tunes. On the left, may the Force be with you with the ‘Star Wars’ theme, the ‘Imperial March’ from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, and the theme from ‘Star Trek’. Back on earth, the right cylinder plays Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ’John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ – all tunes synonymous with MB&F's radical, nonconformist attitude.

MusicMachine: Awe-inspiring to look at, beautiful to listen to… The Force is strong with this one.

MusicMachine is a limited edition of 66 pieces: 33 pieces in white and 33 pieces in black (the latter for those with a preference for 'the dark side').

Left cylinder

Right cylinder


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  • MusicMachine White
  • MusicMachine Black
MusicMachine White on black
MusicMachine Black on black
MusicMachine White on white
MusicMachine Black on white


REUGE – the premier manufacturer of music boxes in the world

With nearly 150 years of expertise and experience, REUGE is positioned as the only premier producer of music boxes in the world today, creating mechanical music boxes that are technically, acoustically and aesthetically superlative. While REUGE has a comprehensive collection of both classical and contemporary music boxes, the brand also prides itself on its ability to create bespoke pieces or limited series (like MusicMachine) for discerning clients.

REUGE is not only a master of music boxes but also a master of ‘thinking outside the box’; the REUGE mentality is to respect tradition, but at the same time move forward with beautiful contemporary music boxes for the 21st century.

It was in 1865 that Charles Reuge established his first musical pocket-watch shop in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. Charles Reuge was a pioneer, managing to incorporate a musical cylinder and a miniature comb into a watch movement. His son Albert Reuge converted the family's atelier into a small factory in 1886, followed by Guido Reuge who built the current manufacture in Sainte-Croix in 1930 and expanded the company. The brand today has developed a particular ability to customize and create bespoke music boxes.




Limited edition of 33 pieces
Black lacquered walnut with
black matte-anodized aluminium


Limited edition of 33 pieces
White lacquered walnut with
bead-blasted and anodized aluminium

specs & manual

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MusicMachine is a limited edition of 66 pieces: 33 pieces in white and 33 pieces in black.

Case and frame:

  • Main body: Walnut sound amplification chamber; white or black piano lacquered (white lacquer UV resistant)
  • Outriggers: Bead-blasted and anodised aluminium; black matte-anodised for black version
  • Dimensions: 395mm wide x 475mm long x 165mm high; total weight: 2.97kg
  • Acoustically-enhancing platform: white or black lacquered

Movement and finishing:

  • MusicMachine features two 3.72 movements (3 refers to number of melodies on each cylinder; 72 refers to number of notes on each comb); one movement is ‘right’ configured; one movement is ‘left’ configured (they rotate in opposite directions)
  • Mainplate: nickel-plated brass, decorated with Côtes de Genève. The mainplate holds both movements; each movement includes a mainspring, cylinder, comb and regulator
  • Mainsprings: wound via propellers
  • Barrels: stainless steel; each with 6 heat-blued screws on top; grooved 'piston' sides Regulator: fan in stainless steel
  • Cylinders: brass
  • Start/stop and continue functions
  • Cylinder supports: nickel-plated brass
  • One melody = one revolution of the cylinder
  • Three melodies per cylinder
  • Length of each melody: 35 seconds
  • Power reserve per cylinder: 15 minutes
  • Pins hand-applied and hand-polished
  • Length of pins: 1mm; diameter of pins: 0.3mm
  • Pins per right cylinder: 1,279; pins per left cylinder: 1,399
  • Combs: steel alloy and lead; 72 teeth per comb; each comb attached to brass vibration plate by six heat-blued steel screws


  • Right cylinder – extracts from:
  • ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ (1979) by Roger Waters and originally performed by Pink Floyd
  • ‘Smoke on the Water’ (1973) written and originally performed by Deep Purple
  • ‘Imagine’ (1971) written and originally performed by John Lennon
  • Left cylinder – extracts from:
  • ‘Star Wars’ (1977) main title by John Williams
  • ‘Imperial March’ (1980) by John Williams
  • ‘Star Trek’ (1979) main title by Jerry Goldsmith
Left cylinder

Right cylinder

Click here to download the manual in pdf format.