I was scoping out youtube for ideas for themes and inspiration for ways of having small animations among our environment, thats when i came across this. I'm subscribed to Vancouver film school's youtube channel and this is a film they uploaded recently:
This film has the theme and pretty much the same idea my team is thinking of. A mixture of steampunk looking scrap machine incorporating musical instruments. Obviously we won't copy this but now we definitely know that our idea can come into being.