In 2004, Luiz Simoes created an installation with images and music, with the idea of a hypothetical future in which someone who had never seen musical instruments decides to build them, without technical knowledge and with the scarce resources he had, wastes of richer times.

With this idea, Simoes created two instruments using materials he found on the streets of Barcelona, rubbish, basura in Spanish, hence the name of the instruments, Basuróphonos. Later, he composed the music inspired by the continuous noise of the garbage truck.

“Reproducing the sounds with my voice, I recorded several fragments and created the sequence. It was the way I found to compose my music without being a musician”.

The sequence was later performed by the cellist Iván Lorenzana using the Basuróphonos.


The voice

The Basuróphonos





Réquiem for 2 Basuróphonos was presented for the first time in Switzerland, in 2006 and two years later the Basuróphonos Basso and Mezzo had a daughter, the Basuróphono da gamba.





Luiz Simoes used the instruments in his work Eva, Adán y las cosas, in which, in addition of having built the instruments, he also directed the musicians and wrote the script of the choreography.





Nobody asked him why to build instruments, compose music, or write choreography without being a screenwriter, musician or luthier. Maybe because the results were visual works, something he had always done.

In 2009, he began to work in something with no image as a final result. Composing a piece of music to be performed by an orchestra with instruments built by himself; questioning what we expect from people.

Then, the Basuróphonos family grew, Music for 18 things was born and finally came L’Escombrofònica de Barcelona. (Barcelona’s Rubblensemble)