1. the mexican artist has created a set of 50 fully functioning musical instruments including a flute,
    guitar and drum kit fabricated out of a variety of firearms such as revolvers, shot-guns, machine guns...
    this video is a recording of a concert played using the instruments pedro reyes produced in collaboration
    with six musicians over the course of two weeks.

    see designboom's original article at:
    designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/24291/an-orchestra-of-musical-instruments-made-from-weapons-by-pedro-reyes.html

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  2. Watch full film here: vimeo.com/ondemand/landfillharmonic

    Kids living in a slum built on a landfill in Paraguay create The Recycled Orchestra. Unable to afford traditional instruments they instead create all of their instruments from trash. When their story goes viral they tour the world, finally realizing their wildest dream: to play with the heavy metal band, Megadeth. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

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  3. Kinshasa, Congo. Around 30,000 children are accused of witchcraft and are kicked out of their homes. Living on the street, José and his friends - all treated like witch children - decide to form a music band to ward off bad luck with a crazy impresario called Bebson. Together they will rock Kinshasa!"

    Writer / director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg
    DOP: Danny Elsen, Colin Houben
    Sound: Luc Cuveele, Cyril Mossé
    Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
    Sound Design : Jean-Jacques, Quinet Damien Defays
    Producers : Marc-Henri Wajnberg,
    Co-producers : Peter Krüger, Serge Guez
    With the support of: VAF (Flemish Film Fund), Communauté Française, RTBF, VRT, Eurimages
    Website : kinshasakids.com/
    facebookpage: kinshasa kids

    “Best Film” (feature-lenght category) at the Zagreb Film Festival – October 2012.
    “Odyssee – Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights” at the ‘Étoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen‘ 13th Edition (Strasbourg, France) – November 2012

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  4. Bright Brass is a photofilm about a brass band of former street children in Kinshasa (Congo DRC). This self-funded film is made by Rachel Corner (photography) and Laurens Nijzink (audio). This photofilm appeared on the website of The Guardian on 16 november 2010 and was shortlisted for the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights 2011.

    In Kinshasa (Congo DRC), between an estimated 25.000 and 40.000 children are living on the street. They are either orphans or have been expelled by their families. Accusation of witchcraft is an often-cited reason for ousting a child from a household. Despite the violence and insecurity the children face on the street and the criminal activities and prostitution they sometimes have to employ in order to stay alive, many prefer street life to abuse at home.

    Espace Masolo is a day centre that organizes French lessons and cultural activities – mainly their brass band - for street children taken in by other centers where they stay overnight. In Kinshasa it is rare to find such an organization that works with children on cultural projects. It is wonderful to see the brass band empowering these youngsters by giving them so much joy and self-confidence.

    We have portrayed 3 children from this brass band. They tell their story about how they lost their families and what it means for them to play in the brass band. These are painful stories but, despite the burden they carry, the photofilm also shows how they found joy at Espace Masolo and that they radiate confidence about their future.

    You can SUPPORT Espace Masolo by sending some money to their bank account at the BIAC (Banque Internationale pour l'Afrique au Congo). Account: 33000670101 CRSAA-Espace Masolo, Swift code: CCBPFRPP. This swift code is necessary for international transfers to the BIAC.

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  5. When producer Denise Robert approached us in 2012 about collaborating on a project that would make hospital visits more pleasant for families and young patients, we couldn’t wait to get started. The installation in mind would be in a waiting room at “La maison de la vie,” or “house of life,” in Montreal’s CHU Ste-Justine Hospital. Although this would be one of the smaller projects we had worked on in a while, we knew it would have a big impact.

    Taking into account where the project would be installed, we wanted to use waiting time to create an opportunity for young people to engage in play. And because we value artistic expressions that offer a shared experience, we hoped to create an interactive installation that would translate to a fun but non-invasive experience for the whole room.

    From these inspirations, the musical wall was developed using a single projector and motion sensor technology. Children can interact with and ‘play’ the wall as a musical instrument. When they place their hands near the projected surface, motion sensors capture their movements, transforming their gestures into a musical scale of colourful lines, shapes, and notes. The wall makes a different tune with every touch, stimulating players’ imaginations through discovery and expression. Importantly for a public space, the resulting melodies are light and delicate, making the wall a pleasant experience for anyone nearby. The waiting room now has a more relaxing, playful, and overall a more comfortable atmosphere to pass the time. And of course, like the old adage says: ‘time flies when you’re having fun’.

    momentfactory.com/work/shows/themed-entertainments/st-justine-hospital-interactive-musical-wall

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    Lorsque la productrice Denise Robert nous a approché en 2012 pour collaborer sur un projet qui visait à rendre les visites à l’hôpital plus agréables pour les familles et les jeunes patients, nous étions impatients de commencer le travail. L’installation imaginée allait se retrouver dans la salle d’attente « La maison de la vie » du CHU Ste-Justine à Montréal. Bien que ce mandat était plus petit que certains de nos autres projets, nous savions qu'il aurait un impact majeur.

    Considérant le lieu de l'installation, nous souhaitions que le temps d’attente se transforme en une occasion de jeu pour les enfants. Puisque nous accordons de la valeur aux formes d’expression artistique qui offrent une expérience partagée, nous souhaitions concevoir un environnement interactif se traduisant en plaisir pour tous les gens dans la salle, sans les déranger.

    Partant de cette idée, nous avons réalisé un mur musical qui utilise un seul projecteur et des capteurs de mouvements pour que les enfants interagissent avec le mur et «jouent» sur celui-ci comme s’il s’agissait d’un instrument de musique. Lorsque les gens approchent leurs mains de la surface de projection, les capteurs détectent leurs mouvements et les reproduisent en sons, en lignes et en formes colorés sur une gamme musicale. Pour chaque mouvement effectué, le mur compose une mélodie différente qui contribue à stimuler l’imagination des «musiciens» par la découverte et l’expression. Afin que l'attraction demeure agréable pour tous, la trame sonore est douce et harmonieuse. La salle d’attente possède maintenant une atmosphère plus divertissante et relaxante, où l'on se sent bien, confirmant le célèbre adage qui dit que « le temps passe vite lorsqu’on s’amuse ».

    momentfactory.com/projets/shows/divertissements-thematiques/mur-musical-interactif-hopital-ste-justine

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