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The Junkman and his Junk Music

Several years ago, Donald Knaack made a commitment to exclusively compose-for and perform-on junk, objects that have been discarded and everyday household objects - all recycled for the purpose of music. The result is called Junk Music ™. "Junk Music ™ is made from junk, but it doesn't sound like junk. When they hear it, most people think its some type of regular percussion that's been electronically altered. But it's 100% pure Vermont recycled materials. I believe it's the most basic form of world music as it contains two elements that are common in most modern societies: an abundance of junk and music." said Knaack. The Junkman is the ultimate recycler and takes the concepts of recycling to new creative levels by choosing discarded objects that once had a specific function (such as an automobile brake drum) and giving those objects a new life as instruments of music. "Taking a discarded object, that once had a specific function, and transforming that object into a sound-producing object has both a great recycling message as well as fresh innovative sound from which I can create a new music. That to me is true creativity. It gives me the opportunity to continue to test my muse: tools that are no good require more skill" said Knaack. Junk Music ™ has performed for a wide variety of audiences and with a wide variety of performers from PHISH to Twyla Tharp to Conan O'Brien to First Night Boston. CDs are available for purchase here. Official music of our blogathon....SUVs SUCK gasoline

One Response to “The Junkman and his Junk Music”

  1. .:the be sustainable weblog:. » Blog Archive » I’ve got a 22 month old that loves Junk Music
    February 25th, 2006 12:27
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    [...] the Junkman himself on a future episode of Sounds Sustainable. On that note if anyone has other links to music with sustainable themes (or instruments) please pass along a link.  One of the projectsthat I am trying to get going at besustainable is the Sustainable Anthem Project, basically a collaborative effort to create, promote and distribute music with a message. Songs of inspiration, motivation, and action to further and quicken the spread of sustainable ideas and thinking.  You can check out the anthem blog, but there’s not a whole lot there yet.  I have a few tracks tentatively ready to go but the more the merrier!   [link] [...]


 

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