Musical Japanese road

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Musical Japanese road


Here’s a road in Japan with grooves cut to different widths to create a melody as a car drives over them. Only in Japan… (Thanks Dan and Carlo!) Melodic highway.

12 thoughts on “Musical Japanese road

  1. ARTMARK says:

    actually, this was experimented with by the Disney folks several years ago at Walt Disney World in Fla. There’s reportedly still a section of road there with grooves that plays “Zippety Doo Dah”. Don’t ask me where, though.

  2. Dirk says:

    I wouldn’t have noticed that this was ment to be music at all. Maybe I’m not of the musical kind but I recognise neither rythm nor melody. In fact I don’t really hear any, just pitched noise.

  3. Anonymous says:

    In the late 80s a friend and I thought it would be cool to carve grooves to make the “Close Encounters” theme in the straight roadway leading to Devil’s Tower (location featured in the movie).

  4. BigD145 says:

    It sounds like someone farting a tune.

  5. Seth Munki says:


    The private runway at Disney World.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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