Skip to comments.Landfill Harmonic Orchestra (children play instruments made from garbage FANTASTIC video!)
Posted on 12/16/2012 10:40:46 AM PST by DJ MacWoW
This is Cateura, Paraguy. These kids live on a landfill. All their instruments were made from things found in the landfill. These kids are worth the few minutes spent watching the video.
“These kids live on a landfill”
But unless they come to this horrible country they will never know true poverty. //sarcasm
Did you watch the video?
OK, they don’t look all that downtrodden and “World Vision” PSA worthy to me.
I figured it out.
They are too old for a “Feed the Children” commercial.
That’s the problem
So you’ll vacation there?
Seriously though. I have been pretty close to that level actually. They did a great job on the instruments!
They have learned the value of “things” and “see” what others don’t. The cello was a surprise! :-)
This is a wonderful program. They play better than I ever could on a real insturment.
You’re welcome. :-)
This made my eyes water. I am a great lover of classical music.
Who needs a Stradivari and Guarneri who made the best violins for violin playing and collection?
Oh yeah! Same here.
I thought the same. They took “garbage” and made it beautiful.
The cello was pretty awesome
Who would have thought that an oil drum could sound like that?
I couldn’t watch the entire video. In many cultures the people who collect and ‘recycle’ the garbage have an average life span of half the general population. Or less. Too sad.
People can be very inventive when they are moved to do so.
Worth a bttt for sure!
I have zero musical talent, I don’t listen to music much either.. lol
Then you missed their beautiful music. These kids are wonderful...and resourceful.
Wonderful family portrait but they aren’t playing Bach. :-)
i wish FR had a like and share button! this is inspirational... tears came to my eyes...
They certainly were a surprise.
definitely not Bach.
I have no musical ability either but I do love it.
It is inspiring. They looked around and found a way........
This was posted to one of the musician boards I’m on a couple days back. Lots of truly amazed people. I think the most posted comment was “I’m never gonna bitch about the quality of my gear ever again.”
Truly inspiring kids. And more-so, the people who BUILT those things to play in tune!
It is amazing. We saw garbage. They see something entirely different.
The thing that got the musico types so much was the perspective of it all. And it’s exactly as you said, We saw garbage. They saw something else.
Even a regular lowly hobbyist like myself has a significant amount of cash (relatively speaking) wrapped up in our instruments/gear. Some of the more pro high end guys are well into 6 figures with their home studios. No joke.
And we ALL bitch that we ‘can’t do X’ because we ‘NEED’ a new Neve preamp or whatever. Like hell we ‘can’t’ it’s ‘want’ not ‘need’. We scoff at things these kids only dream about.
Much longer video with more footage of individual instruments.
These kids certainly highlight having different perspectives.
That was a great story, and I LOVED the instruments (I am an amateur luthier).
However, it was VERY politically incorrect. ALL the music they played was by DEAD WHITE EUROPEAN MALES! (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven...you know, those guys.) There was nothing to celebrate diversity, or the rich indigenous heritage of these children, who are being deprived of their exposure to diversity. I am disappointed that the magnificent contributions of the GLBT, Latino, African or Native Peoples of Mother Earth were not represented!
It is troubling and of great concern, and I am deeply saddened./s
(I included the /s, just in case! :-) ))
This is nice. I will share it. Thank you. :)
Well they were probably ... ahem... “White hispanics” so the racism just flowed from their instruments like a fuge in C minor ;)
Lutes? Do you play too?
Here is a longer clip of these amazing kids:
Beautiful kids, beautiful teachers, beautiful craftsmen, beautiful people, beautiful thoughts, beautiful music. Thanks for posting.
They’re wonderful kids.
Guess what, IMHO, the DWEM’s have NOT been replaced in the World of Classical Music. (And remember, in Mozart’s time, the piano had JUST been invented!)
Will we ever see their like again? As our instruments and production methods become more advanced, our music becomes more primitive!
I wish I had a lute. (Maybe i should make one from scratch! LOL!)
Luthiers also work on violins and guitars.
I buy guitars at yard sale and fix them up. So I am a guitar-luthier.
I actually found a Martin at a flea market for $75.00, fixed it up, and sold it for $300.00. It helps pay the rent.
I am afraid that if I tried to Luthier something from a landfill, I might end up with a diet of worms.
I thought this would be the Cosby Kids!
Equipment-wise, the desire for old tube gear from the 40s-70s climbs by the day. A Fairchild compressor today regularly sells for 50K when thy can be found (rarely) and the recreations are about 10-20K The same for old Fender/Gibson/Roland gear.
Second, The Dead White Guys will forever rule the roost. Sure great music was made outside classical circles. It will continue to be made, but (brace for the pun) If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!
Sorry. I had to ;)
Only recently have I begun to truly appreciate classical. I can’t honestly claim to be anything but a bumbling newb about it, but to even compare any of the great composers and their music to something like TuPac or Jay Z’s verbal crappings isn’t even possible.
One is music, the other is something else. Not sure what though. But it ain’t ‘great’ or even ‘good’ much less ‘music’. Yea, it has rhythm and a beat so I guess there is some relation. Then again, so does a steam locomotive.
That actually sounds like fun. Getting paid for it isn’t bad either. :-)
You and I think alike!
I LOVE old Fender/Gibson/Roland Gear! :-)