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Recycled Orchestra turns garbage into beautiful music

The people of Cateura, Paraguay, are some of the poorest in Latin America, living off landfill. But one group has discovered a way to create art.

By April 16, 2013


'Requiem for lives lost': Making music from Mexico's guns

In a project that's as much politics as it is performance, a Mexico City-based artist teams with musicians to remold the metal from thousands of firearms into working instruments.

By November 1, 2012


Music machine gets sound from everyday objects

Got some crumpled paper laying around? Put it into the Instrument for the Sonification of Everyday Things and see what it has to say.

By September 20, 2012


Musical instruments from odds, ends, anything

Got a musician's ear and a tinkerer's hand? The Made of Imagination contest seeks the ultimate homemade instruments. Ready, set, play!

By September 7, 2012


Junkestra symphony is pure garbage

Composition played with instruments made of objects scavenged from San Francisco Dump will appear in a classical venue that belies its trashy origins.

By April 28, 2010


Trashy instruments of Junkestra (photos)

Sewer pipes, deck railings, dresser drawers, saws, bathroom fixtures, and bird cages are just some of the junk that make up the instruments in this odd ensemble.

10 Images By April 28, 2010


The hot musical sounds of a steam engine

Trumpets? Check. Eighty-five-ton flywheel? Check. U.K. music students incorporate the roaring sounds of a working steam mill engine into an original musical composition.

By June 11, 2012