1. Buenos Aires, february 2010

    a film by vincent moon
    images, sounds & edit by vincent moon
    mix by felix cristiano
    produced by temporary areas

    myspace.com/tomilebrero
    blogotheque.net/Tomi-Lebrero

    C’était le début de l’été a Buenos Aires. La ville s’était déjà un peu vidée, mais il y avait encore assez d’énergie pour facilement trouver 2 ou 3 concerts chaque soir dans différents coins de la ville. Il fallait en voir autant que possible lors de ces premiers jours de recherche sonore, se garder la première semaine pour écouter et la seconde pour filmer.

    Tomi Lebrero jouait un de ces soirs dans un bel appartement qui accueillait a rythme régulier toute une famille de musiciens folks du coin. La nuit en bonne compagnie porteño était déjà bien avancée, l’alcool irriguait les dernières chansons, et le lendemain une seule mélodie me restait en tête, une ultime mélodie que la salle entière s’était mis a chanter a tue-tete.

    Lorsque l’on voyage pour de longs mois, tout rapport aux objets et aux souvenirs prend une autre dimension. On ne peut rien garder, rien rajouter a son sac, si ce n’est en jetant un autre élément. Cette nécessité d’être précis dans ses choix s’applique aussi aux expériences que l’on mène chaque jour, aux petites aventures que l’on met en jeu et dans lesquelles on engage l’espace de quelques minutes, de quelques heures d’autres personnes. Mais voila, et c’est le discours que je tenais a Tomi - je voulais repartir de Buenos Aires avec cette mélodie dans mon sac. C’était plus important que tout a ce moment la, il le fallait.

    Tomi était occupé, Tomi devait quitter la ville au plus tôt. Nos agendas ne pouvaient coller, je m’étais engagé sur trop d’autres tournages. Pourtant je ne voulais qu’une chanson, une seule, pour pouvoir l’emporter ailleurs et la partager avec d’autres amis et la chanter en choeur encore et encore.

    C’était le mardi 2 février. Je courais a travers la ville pour filmer d’abord les amis du label ZZK, puis tenter une étrange expérience sonore avec Coso dans un ancien hôpital désaffecté de San Telmo. Tomi appelait alors. Il fallait que je reparte a l’autre bout de Buenos Aires au plus vite. Il m’avait donné une adresse dans Colegiales, me disait juste ’je vais te chanter la chanson’.

    Les mois ont passé, j’ai voyagé dans d’autres coins du monde, et partout j’ai pu partager cette chanson. Tout semblait plus simple, et toutes ces quêtes sonores semblaient être résumé dans ces 7 minutes. Je pouvais voyager léger, j’avais sur moi en permanence un petit bout de vie qui faisait ’la la, lala la, la la...’.

    text by v moon

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  2. UPDATE 16/03/10. "Music from a Bonsai" : )
    vimeo.com/10198497

    UPDATE 04/19/12. "Music from Nature"
    vimeo.com/43198585

    UPDATE 04/02/13. "Duet for Leaves and Turntable"
    vimeo.com/63099316

    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. I used two Røde NT6 and a NTG-2 as microphones, combined with a customized stethoscope.

    I recorded the tracks live on a Pro Tools LE system. 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.

    UPDATE 10/24/09. If you'd like to connect on Twitter:
    twitter.com/DiegoStocco

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  3. UPDATE 03/24/15: I released an album of 8 tracks I composed and played with the Experibass. gum.co/EXPRB and I also created a Producer's Edition with 100 rhythmic loops, that you can use to bring the rhythmic character of the Experibass into your own productions gum.co/EXPPE

    UPDATE 11/18/11: I got credited as Featured Solo Performer with my Experibass on Jesper Kyd score of Assassin's Creed Revelations:

    UPDATE 12/01/10: I got credited as Featured Solo Performer with my Experibass on Jesper Kyd score of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: http://is.gd/i7tLj

    UPDATE 12/17/09: I played the Experibass on Hans Zimmer's score for Sherlock Holmes: http://bit.ly/81dfYX
    More info and pictures here: http://bit.ly/8J9ymg

    Few weeks ago I visited a luthier looking for instruments parts, I had an idea in mind for an instrument I wanted to build. My curiosity was to hear the sound of violin, viola and cello strings amplified through the body of a double bass. I came up with a quadruple-neck experimental "something" that I thought to call Experibass.

    To play it I used cello and double bass bows, a little device I built with fishing line and hose clamps, a paintbrush, a fork, spoons, a kick drum pedal and a drum stick. I hope you'll like it!

    Thanks to luthier John Wu for providing me the parts, even though I warned him that I was probably going to create a "monster" : )

    At this link you can see some pictures with more detailed descriptions: behance.net/Gallery/Experibass/312989

    UPDATE 10/24/09. If you'd like to connect on Twitter:
    twitter.com/DiegoStocco

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  4. To celebrate Earth Day 2012 Burt's Bees asked me to create a video performance in the style of my Music from a Tree.
    To expand the concept I also included as "instruments" some of the ingredients used in their products, like honey, almonds, rice, and coconuts; also bees had a musical role in this piece.

    I performed the whole composition by playing these natural elements, no synthesizers, samplers or additional sounds have been used.

    UPDATE 5/31/12: I presented a 7.1 surround mix of this work at the Vimeo Film Festival during a workshop on music sound design, sponsored by DTS: http://bit.ly/LDkYdj

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  5. Usually I make myself a regular coffee in the morning…but not this time ; )

    This is an extra video that I created while I was producing the DTS "Sound Magician" series: http://bit.ly/11ESVVQ

    For those of you into sound design/technical details, I recorded this with custom built water-proof microphones and two Røde NT6, through API 512c preamps and Apogee Ensemble.

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