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The Post War Orchestra is a group of musicians who imagine an era when all conflicts have been resolved and militaria is therefore redundant.

The PWO recycles the weapons, transforming them into musical instruments. Since their formation on 2009, their message of hope and optimism for the future has been a powerful voice for transformation.

Aminus3 photographer Chris Elliott was asked to document a sequence for a video that was being made for a Kickstarter appeal to raise funds for the PWO.

You can read more about the project on the Postwar Orchestra web page.

Mono 6 - Ruby's Killer Theramin

by CElliottUK

The musicians have been working hard to create playable instruments from de-commissioned guns. Here, Ruby Fenn is playing a half-finished Theremin, made from a First World War Heavy Maxim Machine Gun.

The musicians have been working hard to create playable instruments from de-commissioned guns. Here, Ruby Fenn is playing a half-finished Theremin, made from a First World War Heavy Maxim Machine Gun.

Mono 2- Gun Flute

by CElliottUK

Tim Wheater is an internationally famous flautist, composer and sound healer. He has played for the Dalai Lama and Her Majesty The Queen.

Tim Wheater is an internationally famous flautist, composer and sound healer. He has played for the Dalai Lama and Her Majesty The Queen.

Mono 3 - Gun Flute 2

by CElliottUK

The Post War Orchestra take instruments of war and make instruments of music from them. Here a Lee Enfield rifle has been turned into a flute.

The Post War Orchestra take instruments of war and make instruments of music from them. Here a Lee Enfield rifle has been turned into a flute.

Mono 4 - Flute getting the Hang of it

by CElliottUK

Shot in the Kew Steam Museum, Tim Wheater plays a flute created from a Lee Enfield rifle, with Paul Foss playing a Hang. They hope to create an instrument sounding like a Hang from Tank Armour

Shot in the Kew Steam Museum, Tim Wheater plays a flute created from a Lee Enfield rifle, with Paul Foss playing a Hang. They hope to create an instrument sounding like a Hang from Tank Armour

Mono 7 - Guns 'n Poses

by CElliottUK

Kit Woolley is playing a guitar made from two rifles. Creating a traditional single neck guitar is a challenge to adjust the tuning and playability, creating one from two rifles is not trivial.

Kit Woolley is playing a guitar made from two rifles. Creating a traditional single neck guitar is a challenge to adjust the tuning and playability, creating one from two rifles is not trivial.

Mono 5 - Paul's Hang - a Smashing Instument

by CElliottUK

The musicians are all ages, and from all backgrounds, brought together by the simple concept of making music with re-purposed militaria.

The musicians are all ages, and from all backgrounds, brought together by the simple concept of making music with re-purposed militaria.

Shelley

by CElliottUK

Shelley Tomas runs the forge, and is an amazing craftswoman, being able to build anything from a delicate ear-ring, up to a chassis for a truck.

Shelley Tomas runs the forge, and is an amazing craftswoman, being able to build anything from a delicate ear-ring, up to a chassis for a truck.

No F in Forge

by CElliottUK

Part of the Kickstarter video shoot was done in London’s oldest working forge. The Forge is being used to melt down old shell cases, and create brass plectrums that people can purchase by donating money to the Kickstarter project.

Part of the Kickstarter video shoot was done in London’s oldest working forge. The Forge is being used to melt down old shell cases, and create brass plectrums that people can purchase by donating money to the [url=http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/109834439/1797985824?token=5b70974e]Kickstarter project[/url].

Attention

by CElliottUK

The forge is also being used to cut, grind, hammer and melt to create the new instruments.

Jeff Boul, a highly talented cameraman and producer, is capturing Paul Foss talking about how he is going to create a Hang-like instrument from tank armour.

The forge is also being used to cut, grind, hammer and melt to create the new instruments. 

Jeff Boul, a highly talented cameraman and producer, is capturing Paul Foss talking about how he is going to create a Hang-like instrument from tank armour.

All together now

by CElliottUK

The Kickstarter project video took 2 days to shoot, and a week to edit. It required great collaboration from the musicians and production crew.

The Kickstarter project video took 2 days to shoot, and a week to edit. It required great collaboration from the musicians and production crew.

Appeal

by CElliottUK

The passion of the musicians, and indeed everyone involved in the project, pervaded every sequence in the Kickstarter video. Everyone I have spoken to has been really supportive and wants to help in this unique project.

This final image is Paul Foss appealing for funds.

The completed video-and more of the story can be found here

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pwo/the-post-war-orchestra

The passion of the musicians, and indeed everyone involved in the project, pervaded every sequence in the Kickstarter video. Everyone I have spoken to has been really supportive and wants to help in this unique project. 

This final image is Paul Foss appealing for funds.

The completed video-and more of the story can be found here

[url=http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pwo/the-post-war-orchestra]http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pwo/the-post-war-orchestra[/url]