Posts tagged Music
12:20 pm - Sun, Nov 17, 2013
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combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.

More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set

combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.

More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set

12:20 pm - Tue, Jul 2, 2013
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"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.
The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.
These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.

The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.

These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

2:00 pm - Tue, May 14, 2013
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Guitar designer and builder Jimmy DiResta has turned an AK-47 assault rifle into a completely functional guitar for rapper Wyclef Jean.

(via AK-47 Assault Rifle Turned Into a Functional Golden Guitar)
9:00 am - Mon, May 13, 2013
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We’ve covered lots of repurposing and reuse projects involving speakers, but agree that “Hamburg’s Soundpauli company has [its] own quirky aesthetic.”
More here: More Repurposed Speakers: Soundpauli - Core77

We’ve covered lots of repurposing and reuse projects involving speakers, but agree that “Hamburg’s Soundpauli company has [its] own quirky aesthetic.”

More here: More Repurposed Speakers: Soundpauli - Core77

9:58 am - Wed, May 1, 2013
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Due to our rapid advancement, seemingly new equipment, like fax machines, printers, an Apple IIe, [have been] rendered irrelevant, only a couple of years after their initial release.

Brother, the company responsible for some of this “innovation,” has found a creative use for this tech detritus by putting some of their old printers to work in “The Printer Orchestra” a cool video that shows old equipment performing Dylan’s classic anthem. Now, here’s hoping they disposed of the equipment responsibly after the “orchestra” performed.

 Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a-Changing’ Performed by Old Computers | Technology on GOOD

9:43 am - Mon, Dec 3, 2012
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Pity the poor cassette tape, once the supreme format for listening to music, and now it’s relegated to a nostalgic curiosity. But all is not lost because it seems to have found a second life as an artistic material. Previously, we’ve seen it used to recreate classic album covers, and now graphic designer Benoit Jammes has used some old tapes he found lying around to make colorful artworks, some of which are based on film posters.
Jammes distills the poster or image into its elemental basics so the pictures become minimalist representations, full of bold colors and simple shapes for maximum visual impact. So if if you find some old tapes lying around in your parent’s basement gathering dust and looking forlorn, you now know what to do with them.

(via Cassette Tapes Get New Lease Of Life As Colorful Artworks | The Creators Project)
The image above, I eventually figured out, references Kill Bill advertising. Maybe you knew that?

Pity the poor cassette tape, once the supreme format for listening to music, and now it’s relegated to a nostalgic curiosity. But all is not lost because it seems to have found a second life as an artistic material. Previously, we’ve seen it used to recreate classic album covers, and now graphic designer Benoit Jammes has used some old tapes he found lying around to make colorful artworks, some of which are based on film posters.

Jammes distills the poster or image into its elemental basics so the pictures become minimalist representations, full of bold colors and simple shapes for maximum visual impact. So if if you find some old tapes lying around in your parent’s basement gathering dust and looking forlorn, you now know what to do with them.

(via Cassette Tapes Get New Lease Of Life As Colorful Artworks | The Creators Project)

The image above, I eventually figured out, references Kill Bill advertising. Maybe you knew that?

3:26 pm - Thu, Nov 22, 2012
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It isn’t often that the worlds of recycling and techno music come together.
But thanks to Heavenly Recordings, the European Recycling Platform and Radio 1 DJ Benji B, they have.
Make Noise is a top techno club night and it’s being held around the [U.K.] as part of the Electronic Recycling Tour.
And what’s more, it’s free to enter. Instead of cash, you just need to hand over a knackered electronic item. It can be anything from an old phone to a broken radio to a dead battery.
… 
The next Make Noise is in … Glasgow on November 22nd, ending with a huge night in London on the 27th. For all the details, click here.

(via Do The Green Thing: Make noise for e-waste recycling)

It isn’t often that the worlds of recycling and techno music come together.

But thanks to Heavenly Recordings, the European Recycling Platform and Radio 1 DJ Benji B, they have.

Make Noise is a top techno club night and it’s being held around the [U.K.] as part of the Electronic Recycling Tour.

And what’s more, it’s free to enter. Instead of cash, you just need to hand over a knackered electronic item. It can be anything from an old phone to a broken radio to a dead battery.

The next Make Noise is in … Glasgow on November 22nd, ending with a huge night in London on the 27th. For all the details, click here.

(via Do The Green Thing: Make noise for e-waste recycling)

8:42 am - Tue, Nov 20, 2012
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Artist Pedro Reyes, who turned 1,527 weapons into 1,527 shovels to plant 1,527 trees — a project covered on Unconsumption here in 2010 — continues to convert Mexican drug-war weapons into art:

As part of his latest project Imagine, Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks … .

(spotted on Colossal here)
More on Reyes’ blog here.

Artist Pedro Reyes, who turned 1,527 weapons into 1,527 shovels to plant 1,527 trees — a project covered on Unconsumption here in 2010 — continues to convert Mexican drug-war weapons into art:

As part of his latest project Imagine, Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks … .

(spotted on Colossal here)

More on Reyes’ blog here.

11:58 am - Mon, Nov 19, 2012
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Handmade one-of-a-kind bracelets crafted from used guitar strings and sterling silver. Eco friendly, fashion forward and rocktastic!

(via Wear Your Music - Rock Recycled Strings)
Thx: Marc!

Handmade one-of-a-kind bracelets crafted from used guitar strings and sterling silver. Eco friendly, fashion forward and rocktastic!

(via Wear Your Music - Rock Recycled Strings)

Thx: Marc!

8:58 am - Thu, Nov 15, 2012
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"Tom Kipgen makes radios using vintage parts and hand-wound coils. Absolutely stunning stuff."

Tom Kipgen’s Designer Radios Site
via Handmade radios from vintage parts - Boing Boing

"Tom Kipgen makes radios using vintage parts and hand-wound coils. Absolutely stunning stuff."

Tom Kipgen’s Designer Radios Site

via Handmade radios from vintage parts - Boing Boing

8:42 am - Wed, Oct 31, 2012
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Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!
Pictured: “Dead Media,” an installation that repurposes 497 VHS tapes. Created by friend of Unconsumption Noah Scalin (mentioned previously several times here), of the Skull-A-Day project. (photo via SkullADay here)
See also: Other videotape-related repurposing examples in earlier posts here.

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Pictured: “Dead Media,” an installation that repurposes 497 VHS tapes. Created by friend of Unconsumption Noah Scalin (mentioned previously several times here), of the Skull-A-Day project. (photo via SkullADay here)

See also: Other videotape-related repurposing examples in earlier posts here.

4:56 pm - Thu, Oct 11, 2012
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Beyond the viral-ready novelty, listen to the serenades of defunct hard drives, flatbed scanners, and garage sale-rescue computers and you might just hear a sense of urgency. As the discs whir, the chips bleet, and the solenoids ping percussion, this chorus of obsolete electronics seems to plea, save us from landfill doom.

The latest breakout hit from repurposed retro machines is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Here, it’s covered by a set of glockenspiel-playing solenoids and an HP ScanJet as the angst-ridden whine of the now-infamous vocals. An Amiga rounds out the band. Even the robotics can be counted as chip music, of sorts – a PIC16F84A (a simple microprocessor) acts as the brains. (Kids, ask your parents. Before Arduino, there was PIC programming.)

(via Gotye to Queen to Radiohead, The Songs of Hard Drives, Robotics, and Retro Gear)

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