TAG: Musical instruments

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Capturing and creating sounds, Beatrix*JAR is a band comprised of 2 interesting musical artists. Bianca Pettis, also known as Beatrix, and Jacob Aaron Roske, or JAR, have combined music and recycling to come up with an inventive collection of sounds turned into songs. The sound performance artists collect and customize recycled children’s toys and musical instruments and turn them into circuit bent mechanisms that produce unique sounds. Circuit bending is the process of altering the circuit board system of a battery operated instrument or keyboard, causing it to emit various experimental sounds. In addition to live concerts, they offer workshops… read more

A Symphony Played Entirely with Bicycle Sounds

A Symphony Played Entirely with Bicycle Sounds

When you think about music, and musical compositions, chances are bicycles don’t even enter your mind. After all, hundreds and hundreds of years of musical instrument inventions have given us a huge range of different types of instruments that are now well established and well practiced, and they mostly don’t include our humble two-wheeled cycles. But there’s another type of musical composition that often doesn’t get any attention (except from other composers), which is “found sound”, or music made with the sounds of everyday objects. Johnnyrandom is an innovative composer that uses everyday items to create musical compositions, and his… read more

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

With the rapid obsolescence of electronics and the urge to constantly upgrade to the latest new gadget, we’re rapidly creating mountains of electronic waste (e-waste) that is full of potentially toxic materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium. Much of that e-waste ends up in the landfill, where it can pollute air and soil and water, instead of at electronics recyclers, where the resources that go into making the electronics could be reclaimed. And when most of us hear about the e-waste problem, the most we’re willing to do to help mitigate it is by properly recycling our gadgets… read more

Upcycled Birdhouses

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Online media has been fairly extensive in its coverage of arboreal retreats for humans. These branch supported houses are prolific for a reason, offering up alternate accommodations that are as intriguing as they are environmentally aware. But, perhaps due to the traditional sentiment of the season, I feel inclined to take a more conventional route and write now of avian spaces for our feathered friends instead. Why, what could be exciting about birdhouses that are for, well, birds? Are they not self-explanatory already? Let me tell you, these are no ordinary hideaways on sticks and poles. Though conventional in concept,… read more

Oil Cans Make Functional Guitars

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Bohemian Guitars is a company crafting real, functional guitars that are made from old oil-cans. The company was created by brothers Shaun and Adam Lee. Growing up part-time in Johannesburg, South Africa, they later witnessed, on a return visit, the ingenious use of oil cans by locals to create affordable instruments that they could play. The impressionable memory created by the South African townsfolk drove the brothers to make guitars themselves, also using recycled oil cans. The outcome proved a bit more sophisticated, resulting in fully-fledged electric guitars. Rather than imitating the do-it-yourself aesthetic to fit current trends, the bodies… read more

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra: An Inspirational Composition

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra: An Inspirational Composition

This isn’t just another story of how recycled materials have been turned into new items. In a dumping ground alongside the Paraguay River where over 1,500 tons of waste enters everyday, polluting the waterways which are also the area’s drinking supply, are where around 500 recycling workers and their children hunt through castoffs and refuse, continually digging and sorting. Often referred to as a sea of garbage, the murky slum of Cateura, Paraguay is one of the poorest zones in the region, causing the polluted landfill the area is built upon to be the main source of available livelihood for… read more