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The Catchy Sounds of Weaponized Instruments

Guns have never sounded so good.

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After visiting a government recycling plant in Mexico that converts seized guns into raw materials, artist Pedro Reyes was inspired to take the idea a bit further by turning those instruments of war into musical instruments.


"This is the redemption of this metal that could have taken your life or mine," Reyes explains. "So they are better as musical instruments."

This ambitious project, called "Disarm," was able to use music programming software such as MIDI, Max/MSP, and Ableton Live to help transform these old weapons into self-playing instruments.

"The purpose of art is to come up with ways to transform the most negative instincts into creative instincts,” Reyes says.

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