Odd Musical Instruments
Odd Musical Instruments
Meet artist Massimo Tortella, aka Porcapizza, who creates musical instruments out of ordinary garbage.
Porcapizza is a one-man band, but with the most obscure instruments you can imagine; from tennis racket guitars to typewriter drums, and even a butter knife keyboard?
Self-described as “Pure “Italian” passion for music expressed through homemade instruments”, Porcapizza creates amazing renditions of classic tunes.
All these amazing sounds are courtesy of Massimo Tortella, who was born and raised in the heart of North Italy, Viadana. This uncanny performer plays instruments ranging from electric and classical guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.
Having played shows in several rock, folk, blues, metal, punk, hardcore, and indie bands, he felt experienced enough to become a one-man band. With that many genres of music coursing through his mind, it was only a matter of time before he created something even more amazing.
A Porcapizza show is a mixture of music, art, and entertainment. His instruments are made from recycled objects, such as tennis rackets, an old typewriter, Pringles cans, a telephone… you name it. And with his ingenious creations, Massimo guides each audience on “an alternative journey through music”. His performances tackle “thinking outside the box”, not to mention, freaking rock.
Porcapizza has original instruments, and an original sound, all coming from an original mind. However, Massimo knows potential when he sees it, too, and recently purchased Hendrix’s tennis racket, turning it into a guitar.
As the saying goes, one man’s trash, another man’s treasure.
Porcapizza’s line-up consists of tracks like Foxy lady by Jimi Hendrix, Cissy Strut by The Meters, Waiting in vain by Bob Marley, Hootchie Cootchie Man by Muddy Waters, Peter Gunn Theme by The Blues brother, and Hit the road Jack by Ray Charles. But, each tune is always full of his own unique flair.
I have to say, my favorite of his instruments has to be his reclamation of the classic rotary phone headset as a microphone. The nostalgic sound it creates is a throwback most of us haven’t experienced in decades, and really lends to his shows obscurity and intrigue.
Massimo also recently traveled to Russia, performing on TVRAIN, expanding the reach of his fascinating musical inventions.
Porcapizza is proof that a dream will grow into a reality with enough effort placed forward. His story literally shows how the things we throw away – even our time – can be better used to make something new and prosperous. And for this proof, I thank him.
Not only does he make a point with his actions, he also lends his knowledge to others who may want to partake in something different. He’s created a DIY video on how to make you very own “Guitaracket”, just in case you’re feeling inspired.
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