UPDATE 16/03/10. "Music from a Bonsai" : ) http://vimeo.com/10198497 UPDATE 04/19/12. "Music from Nature" https://vimeo.com/43198585 UPDATE 04/02/13. "Duet for Leaves and Turntable" https://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. At this link you can see some pictures with more detailed descriptions: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Music-from-a-Tree/263872 I hope you'll like it. UPDATE 10/24/09. If you'd like to connect on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DiegoStocco The track is also available as an high-quality download on my Bandcamp page: http://diegostocco.bandcamp.com/track/music-from-a-tree+ More details
Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments. I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy! More info and pictures are available at the Behance gallery: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Music-from-a-Dry-Cleaner/2161629 UPDATE 12/16/11: I'll present "Music from a Dry Cleaner" mixed in 11.1 at the DTS booth at CES 2012. Here's a short video from the mixing session: http://vimeo.com/33798071+ More details
Few days ago I started thinking about how I could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano I keep in the garden, so I thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts I had laying around. I ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing I thought to call "Bassoforte" (bass + pianoforte). The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge I used a cabinet handle, the pickups are from a guitar, and the part at the top where the strings are attached is a chimney cap, which works as resonator as well as percussive sound. The track I created is a tribute to my Dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and "spaghetti western" films, and because of him I am too. I hope you'll like it! The track is available also at my Bandcamp page: http://diegostocco.bandcamp.com/track/bassoforte Here you can see a gallery with pictures and more detailed descriptions: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Bassoforte/535175 UPDATE 2/20/11 If you're curious to know more about the instrument in the background, you can watch this video I just made: http://vimeo.com/20157158+ More details
I always liked bonsai trees, and I was curious to try the approach I used for "Music from a Tree" on a smaller scale, so I bought a bonsai and recorded this little experimental piece. To determine the key I used the lowest note I could play and recorded the rest around it. Besides playing the leaves, I used bows of different sizes, a piano hammer and a paint brush. As far as microphones I used my Røde NT6, a customized stethoscope and tiny MEAS piezo transducers. I played all the sounds and rhythms only with the bonsai, I didn't use any synthesizer or samplers to create or modify the sounds. I hope you'll like it. At this link you can see some pictures with more detailed descriptions: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Music-from-a-Bonsai/453731+ More details
Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn't turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else. For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators). If you'd like to see more of my musical projects based on trees and other natural ingredients here's "Music from a Tree" http://bit.ly/9hRhB2 and "Music from Nature" http://bit.ly/ID6Vow Enjoy! : )+ More details
I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I'm performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments. The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it! If you'd like to read a description about each instrument and its playing techniques please follow this link to my Behance gallery: http://bit.ly/ROZP4s ///// Produced by Diego Stocco DP: Gianfilippo De Rossi Thanks to Andrea Bedendo for help with graphic layout+ More details
Update 06/10/09. Music From Sand is available as a longer and high-quality mp3 download, along with a new track: http://diegostocco.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-sand I had some sandbags in the backyard that I used in November during a rainy day. I was moving them to a different spot when I heard the noise of the sand. I thought that maybe I could try a new sound design technique so I bought some piezo film transducers and started to experiment with them. The entire track is created only out of tuned sand tones. No additional sounds or waveforms. I emphasized the inner notes of the sand grains and mapped them on a sampler as a series of instruments. The grooves are all played live with various techniques, including taping two piezo films to my fingers. I'd like to dedicate this work to Mike Oldfield. When I was a child I listened to his music and it opened my mind. That experience triggered my life passion to create the means to access sounds we've never heard before. If you have questions or you just want to say hi please write at firstname.lastname@example.org Diego More info and pictures can be found here: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Music-from-Sand/171792 UPDATE 10/24/09. If you'd like to connect on Twitter: twitter.com/DiegoStocco+ More details
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. Here's a gallery on Behance with more info and pics: behance.net/gallery/Music-from-Nature-Burts-Bees-Earth-Day-2012/3698325 I hope you'll enjoy it! Diego UPDATE 5/31/12: I'll present the 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+ More details
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.+ More details
UPDATE 03/24/15: I released an album of 8 tracks I composed and played with the Experibass. http://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 http://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: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Experibass/312989 UPDATE 10/24/09. If you'd like to connect on Twitter: twitter.com/DiegoStocco+ More details
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