And now for something completely different, again. Really different, and not in a bad way.
These are some amazing sounds. Check them out.
Diego Stocco is a musician with a penchant for strange instruments? Or an inventor of strange instruments? Or all of the above.
In his own words: Diego is a music sound designer, composer and performer that creates eclectic compositions with custom built instruments, elements of nature and experimental techniques.
He's one of the principal sound designers for the multi Award winning Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments Atmosphere™, Stylus™ RMX and Omnisphere®. For this epic project, he built several custom instruments and created musically playable sounds out of ordinary objects like light bulbs, a clothes drying rack, a typewriter. Some of his sound design creations are "The Burning Piano", "Luminosonic", "The Drying Rack", "Typosonic Machine" and "Streamsonic".
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. Diego
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!
Music from a Tree
Again we let Diego describe the video:
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.