Music must be available to everyone”; this is the inspiration for “Make It Sound.” This group of musicians and teachers use their picturesque workshop located in La Boca, the most colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires, to create instruments made from recyclable materials. Ideas turn into magic there.
Music is something we live with on a daily basis. A group playing in the street, a song on the radio or someone humming a tune are things that usually inspire us to dance and sing. However, in addition to these two desires, there are people who are more attracted to rhythms and, wanting to get closer to music, want to acquire a musical instrument that allows them to produce tunes of different styles. However, despite the fact that almost everyone wants to learn to play one of the hundreds of instruments on the market, few are the lucky ones who can acquire one.
Due to the materials that are necessary to be able to manufacture a high-quality instrument piece, these items reach quite high prices that make it difficult for people with little purchasing power to access the instruments or even completely limit it.
“Hacelo Sonar” knows about this problem, as well as recognizes the importance of recycling, therefore, in an attempt to bring music to every corner of the world, this group builds instruments with materials that people discard. Thus turning garbage into culture and musical learning.
The big project
La Boca, the neighborhood of Buenos Aires, stands out for being one of the most colorful and creative in the entire capital of Argentina. For that reason, when the group came across a facade with the face of the great Benito Quinquela Martín, the illustrious painter from Buenos Aires, while looking for a workshop, it went unnoticed. However, the words inscribed there: “Men are not worth what they have, not even what they are, they are worth what they give” described exactly what the group felt and, day after day, they filled that large space with bottles plastic, pieces of metal and wood, in order to consolidate your workshop.
The Luthier trade is performed within the walls of the “el Tornillo” workshop by the group of musicians and teachers, Sebastián, Germán, Charly, Julián, Luis and Juan, who fight every day to bring music to all corners of Argentina and the world. The impact these men have is not only social, bringing music to those who cannot afford an instrument, but also environmental, making use of discarded materials and bringing them back to life as art.
This group, made a Civil Association, has dedicated itself to developing school trainings, workshops and has attended activities in different community centers, libraries, dining rooms, etc., bringing music to the community.
There are several tutorials on how to make maracas at home and even small toy drums for children with ease, however, “Make It Ring” is not limited to making these common and toy instruments. His portfolio includes authentic quality instruments with which adults and children can practice and learn music.
With only finding a wooden box, the members of the group already visualize a guitar and do all the necessary process until it becomes a fully functional instrument.
Plastic is present most of all in the creation of drums, since a bucket can become a drum, while bottles are worked to make drumheads, for example.
Orchestral instruments are also part of his creations, because with just one can, “Make It Sound” can make the best violin and give it to someone who dreams of playing the king of world orchestras.
Benefits to the world
Did you know that according to various environmental associations by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean and that, in addition to that, 99% of birds will have ingested plastic? Well, this is the reality of the planet and, considering that plastic is not the only pollutant, everything becomes more worrying.
Converting waste into instruments is part of recycling, which minimizes environmental impact, since, instead of discarding these elements, they are worked until they are given a new use, minimizing the amount of discarded materials.
On the other hand, music is beneficial for people, especially children, in brain development. Those who play instruments improve their creativity, reasoning, memory, rhythm and attention, which is why musicians are considered to have a healthier and more active brain than those who do not practice music.
The mind is also healthier with music. This can be a good antidepressant and anxiolytic, as it calms “negative” mental processes and activates parts of the brain dedicated to the appreciation and assimilation of musical rhythm.
Music can also be a vehicle to prevent criminal activities, especially of the very young, giving them a way to explore their talents, occupy their time and progress in the music scene until, in some cases, they can make a career of their art productive.
It is not necessary to travel to Argentina to support “Make it Sound”, because, from home, you can contribute to its mission. If you currently have materials that you are going to dispose of, take them in your hands and ask yourself if it really is impossible to reuse them.
Multiple websites offer guides that will help you, step by step, to create instruments from various materials in the same way that the Argentine group does. You only need the will and a little time to achieve your mission.
Dare to save the environment through recycling and also to develop your creative spirit, learning how to use your favorite instruments. In addition to this, if you have little ones at home, this activity could make them more aware of climate change, it can be a nice activity to develop as a family and it will be easier to bring them closer to the world of music when they have a new drum or violin.
Always remember the saying of Benito Quinquela Martín: “Men are not worth what they have, not even what they are, they are worth what they give.”