Disarm: Weapons made into an Orchestra

As part of his ongoing effort to transform weapons into musical instruments, artist Pedro Reyes constructed a fully mechanized orchestra.


The team acquired a variety of rifles, pistols, and shotguns seized from drug cartels by the Mexican army and used them to build the musical devices that are controlled by Ableton Live music softwear and can be pre-programmed to play music.


Guitars, basses, xylophones, saxophones, drum kits and percussions were all made from these weapons. The beautiful thing about this project, Pedro explains, is that it combines music with sculpture, and at the same time, with technology.

A great quote from the video.. “the redemption of this metal, could have taken your life or mine. So they are better used as musical instruments”

skip to about 7:00 in if you’d just like to see the mechanized instruments in action, but the story is well worth watching.

Titled Disarm, the collection of eight new instruments were built through a collaboration with several musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.

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