Thursday, December 20, 2012

The beauty that can come from "Landfill Harmonic"

Is it possible to make beautiful music from instruments made out of items found at a landfill?  The documentary "Landfill Harmonic" could answer that in a marvelous way.

Photo courtesy "Landfill Harmonic"
This is a project that was brought to my ettention by an old high school friend a few days ago.  I'd never heard of it until then, but once I watched a piece of it, I was amazed.

The project's Facebook page tells more of the story ...

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.
Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Fabio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

Our film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.

Who couldn't get behind a project like that?

1 comment:

  1. The landfill harmonic has been part of my research since I recently found out about it, its extremely interesting.

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