The Gun Music Box
The Gun Music Box is an artwork challenging the notion of musical composition by creating an instrument from a typically a-musical object. The intention of the project was to re-contextualise the use of firearms by placing them into a performative setting, and in doing so, removing the violent connotations associated with them.
The Making Of
The Gun Music box was built in collaboration with German YouTuber Jörg Sprave and Dutch craftsman Akko Goldenbeld. Performed and recorded by MC Mesijus and Napo.
We began our research online and sought out interesting people designing and building interesting musical machines. We first met Akko Goldenbeld, a Dutch craftsman who made a music box that plays a melody using a 3d map of Eindhoven and Amsterdam.
We visited the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, which has a large collection of music boxes and automata – it was here that we learnt a great deal about the mechanics of music boxes. With all this new information we set out to try and make something different, something that hasn't been done before.
Our first main challenge was to trying to figure out the mechanism, which would trigger the guns. Jörg Sprave, the man behind the Slingshot Channel, kindly offered to help us, and produced a prototype using a cap gun.
Jörg’s prototype provided the basis for the mechanism, and we were able to scale up the initial design, fabricating the finished music box entirely from steel.
Once the music box had been made, it was time to some music with it. We wanted to write a song emphasizing the concept of using firearms for music instead of war. We worked with up-and-coming artist, MC Mesijus, to record vocals for the track, and produced a music video, featuring the Gun Music Box being played.