Building a musical ensemble out of car parts

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Building a musical ensemble out of car parts


Peter writes –

I got a chance to talk to sound designer Bill Milbrodt, who led the team that created musical instruments from parts of a Ford Focus. He talked about how his Car Music Project has constructed new instruments out of first an Accord (quintet) and now a 31-piece orchestra made from a Ford. Interestingly, some people doubted the sounds in the ad were coming from these instruments, but in a follow up Bill explained that, yes, they really are.

Most interesting, though, is the way in which the 22-person fabrication team had to find a balance between what was unique in the car and some of the timbres that come from conventional, classical instruments — and thus had to tackle the challenge of making everything sound right in tune!

Building a musical ensemble out of car parts – Link.


  • The Car Music Project – Link.
  • Milbrodt Music, Bill’s page – Link.
  • Yes, Virginia, There Really is a Ford Car Part Musical Ensemble – Link.

10 thoughts on “Building a musical ensemble out of car parts

  1. TheSalmonator says:

    Reminded me of something being done like this before. Was done and surprisingly well documented in Auto Re-Vision

  2. Halbfleisch says:

    I really loved the Spot from the first time i saw it on TV

  3. Car Parts says:

    Very nice information was given here out for good creativity. I am much impressed by your work. It is much good and nice and also I hats off to your work.

  4. Deborah Jackson says:

    this is rally amazing.. i wish i got to hear their music out of their auto parts instruments.. I’m sure it’ll be great..

  5. Partsland UK says:

    It’s a trend auto body shop owners across the country are seeing right now. Ordinary car parts that used to cost a few dollars to replace can now cost hundreds.
    Partsland UK

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