The Recycled Orchestra: Music made from trash.

{Recycled Instruments via Landfill Harmonic}

It is said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…

Very few times in my life has this concept rang truer than yesterday, when a Facebook friend posted this video on my wall:

A trailer for Landfill Harmonic—an upcoming, feature-length documentary about a group of  young musicians in a god-forsaken Paraguayan landfill, who have brilliantly assembled an entire orchestra with real, musical  instruments recycled… out of trash!

Some things have to be believed to be seen…

Find out more and support The Landfill Harmonic here.
On the luckier side of the globe, these are not images you grow up with.

And if they exist, they are strategically covered up by the media. And most of us feed our souls, for an entire lifetime, with delusional corporate media.

You don’t talk about trash, let alone put it out in the open. Let alone try to make music out of it. Trash stinks. So you learn to hide it. Maybe in doing so, it will magically disappear.

Aside from the fact that it won’t, and that most of our first world excessive waste cannot be properly recycled and ends up filling, polluting and destroying “unluckier” third world lives—there is another element to consider here:

Beauty—present in everything and everyone, even the most desolate, ugly places. Beauty becomes an essential part of the invincible human spirit.

When legislation fails, we have art as a last hope. Beauty—the essence of Art—always finds a way. Light breaks in through the cracks. Water never gives up. As Stella Adler once said,

“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.” 

It also reminded me of The Waste Land, another documentary on art-cycled trash, in a project led by renown Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz—a film I don’t think I can recommend enough to anyone with a heart.



It is these rare, powerful moments, that interrupt your consumerist, monkey mind; these pauses, these cracks in the Matrix, when beauty breaks in and out of the most unexpected places and takes you by surprise.

It almost punches you in the face. It bothers you so much that, for a few minutes, you forget about your smaller self and your one tiny cozy life.

In the current state of our distracted, neon heart, awareness seems to only happen when we’re forced out of our comfort zone, faced with our raw, indomitable nature and then drowned—almost against our will—in the creative river that runs through us all.

After which, you rise to the surface a little dizzy and a bit confused, and realize, in amazement, that the whole world has changed.

Or maybe just you.




 More Human-friendly Humanity: 

>> An open-source cure for brain cancer.

>> Connected: It all comes back to you.

>> Change the way you think about your coffee & your coffee will change.

>> Nobaii: Your Trash, My Treasure.



{Artcycle your trash.}



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Andrea Balt
Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Professional Dream Chaser at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind & Body + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her in the Social Media Jungle via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her FREE MuseLetter.


  • MaryLisa commented on December 11, 2012 Reply
    Loved this. Thank you! Do you know if the movie is out yet?
  • SR Atchley
    SR commented on January 8, 2013 Reply
    I was just talking about Wasteland to a friend not long ago. One of the best documentaries I’ve seen in the last couple of years. “Water never gives up”…great piece, A.
  • Anjana Love-Dixon
    Anjana commented on October 8, 2013 Reply
    Well, I am no good now, I can’t see the screen to type.

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