This post is excerpted from the article by Robert Priest.  Read the original online here..

WHO: Mark Sepic, guitarist
WHAT: Musical instruments made from trash
WHY: To liberate our landfills and heal with new sounds
I’ve never seen a musician so into the junk.
Mark Sepic takes me out into his eastern Toronto back yard, where he keeps his stash. It’s magnificent. Around a treehouse hang the trashy items he likes to party with: bathtubs, bedpans, an auto roof rack, frying pans, discarded aluminum cookers, cutlery, cast-off Weed Wacker wire, fishing line, plumbing pipes and tubing and even some drill core samples from a diamond mining expedition.
Gleefully, he hands me a rubber mallet and urges me to give the bedpan a whack. Arguably, this particular upcycled instrument has known the sound of music even in its original use, but now  a discernible E-flat  erupts when I apply the mallet.

Photo by Cheol Joon Baek

Soon, Sepic and I are playing the opening to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, the bedpan subbing for Hendrix’s low E string. Upcycling cast-off stuff is obviously something that delights this accomplished musician.
It’s clear that he does all this for his own pleasure, but he’s also managed to infect the school system with his enthusiasm. “I must’ve recycled 10,000 to 20,000 tin cans over the last 15 to 20 years in schools, making them into drums.”
And he’s got bigger plans still.
“This is basically a model for sustainable city parks stuff. The amazing thing is how beautiful garbage sounds,”
he tells me as he continues to improvise. He gestures toward his racks of revisioned instruments.
 “I’ve got four octaves of junk,” he burbles, indicating a row of suspended aluminum pots.
“People are just throwing them out now, but listen – they sound like church bells.” Indeed they do.
“This stuff is good for the world and good for us. When you heal something, you heal yourself.”