Zlatev Creates Amazing Flutes out of Disabled Shortguns

In the past, artists used to work only on natural materials. But today, there are tons of discarded industrial scraps and artists are getting busy crafting unique things out of these resources.

robotic anti-war flutes

San Francisco-based artist Constantine Zlatev uses the discarded tech to convey something meaningful for the world. The Last Gun and Chifte Kavali are two of his amazing designs that have been crafted of remnants of the past. The barrels of each shot gun have been drilled with holes to produce notes when compressed air is blown into them, with stoppers controlled by Arduino microprocessors and, and in the case of The Last Gun, a Raspberry Pi board.

robotic anti-war flutes

The music represents the annual rise and fall of US arms exports from 1960 to 2009. For the Last Gun, the programming is simple: for every fall in exports, it plays a cheerful, upbeat melody; for every rise, the music grows more somber.

For Chifte Kavali, the gun-flute plays more popular music. For every rise in exports, the instrument plays Eric Bogle’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda“, a song Zlatev characterises as carrying a “powerful anti-war message”. For every fall, it plays Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

Of Chifte Kavali, Zlatev said, “[It was] created in the shape of a futuristic robotic arm which holds a shotgun, an instrument of discord, and transforms it into a harmonious flute, an object that plays music as a symbol of our wisdom, intellect and humanity.”

pneumatic pistons of ‘the last gun’

pneumatic pistons of ‘the last gun’

mechanical valves

mechanical valves

flute mouthpieces

flute mouthpieces

full installation view

full installation view

‘chifte kavali’ AKA double-barrel flute

‘chifte kavali’ AKA double-barrel flute

detail of the pistons

detail of the pistons

arm grip

arm grip

tubing

tubing

solenoid controls

solenoid controls

Watch both the flutes in action in the videos below.

Via : DesignBoom