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How to Make a Music Box With the Song "As the World Falls Down" by David Bowie

Updated April 17, 2017

Music boxes are instruments that produce sound from a rotating device that plucks the teeth of a tuned metal comb. Music boxes often serve the dual purpose of holding jewellery and make-up. While music boxes of the past were pre-made and rarely customisable, today you can buy a music box with the design and song of your choice. For instance, if your wedding song was David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down," then you can make a music box that plays this song and give it as an anniversary gift. The possibilities are endless.

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  1. Visit the website or store of a custom music box retailer. See the list of resources for links to some online retailers.

  2. Choose the design of the custom music box you would like.

  3. Purchase your custom music box. You won't be able to take it home with you that day, as it usually takes one or two weeks for custom music boxes to be made.

  4. Mail or e-mail a copy of David Bowie's "As the World Falls Apart" to the music box manufacturer after you've paid for it.

  5. Pick up your new custom music box from the retailer or have it delivered.

  6. Tip

    In order for a music box manufacturer to legally make a music box with a copyright song on it, they are required to obtain permission from the song's original author. Some music box manufacturers will do this for you, but others will require that you obtain permission on your own. Keep this in mind when purchasing your custom music box.

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About the Author

Evan Fulford has a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State University in 2008. He has been writing academically for over six years on topics including mental illness, social policy, linguistics and political science.

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