Wreck re­born for mu­sic

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings | Lifestyle - Peter de Krui­jff

A rusted War­mun wreck found new use as a mu­si­cal instrument, which was played by the com­mu­nity at a con­cert.

The old tray­back Mazda, owned by Richard Thomas, was con­verted as part of mu­si­cian Jon Rose’s re­gional res­i­dency with per­for­mance art or­gan­i­sa­tion Tura.

The project, WRECK, is about ex­plor­ing the sculp­tural car wrecks that dot the Aus­tralian out­back land­scape.

Rose said it took a lit­tle while to find the right car for the project.

“The thing about wrecks in com­mu­ni­ties, they’re owned by ev­ery­body, so you can’t just say that’s a good one,” he said.

“You have to find out who they be­long to and if it’s OK to use.”

All sorts of me­tal and ma­te­ri­als were added or welded to the car, in­clud­ing 44-gal­lon drums, 20-litre cans, tins, three car bon­nets and fence wire, which could be played with the bow.

Rose said a smoke ma­chine was placed un­der the car and the whole thing was then am­pli­fied for a con­cert which about 170 com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended.

Tura artis­tic direc­tor Tos Ma­honey said it had been a wonderful res­i­dency, and the car will travel to Perth for an ex­hi­bi­tion and per­for­mance.

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