UPDATE 16/03/10. "Music from a Bonsai" : )
UPDATE 04/19/12. "Music from Nature"
UPDATE 04/02/13. "Duet for Leaves and Turntable"
In the garden of my house there's a tree with lots of randomly grown twigs. It looks odd and nice at the same time. One day I asked myself if I could create a piece of music with it.
To tune the tree I picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by trimming them with a pencil sharpener. To record it, I used two Røde NT6 and a NTG-2 microphones, combined with a customized stethoscope microphone I built for this project. I recorded the tracks live inside Pro Tools.
I didn't use any synthesizer or sampler to create or modify the sounds. All the sounds come from playing the tree, by bowing the twigs, shaking the leaves, playing rhythms on the cortex and so on.
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