Thursday, 16 July 2009

Music From A Tree

Most people would look at a tree in their garden and perhaps take it for granted, or maybe they might appreciate it's beauty. I can only assume that not many of us would look at it and think...I can make music with that. Well a gentleman by the name of Diego Stocco has bucked the trend. I think there is a fine line between eccentricity and genius. :-) In his words...

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.

Watch the video below and also have a look here for photographs and more information.

Diego Stocco - Music From A Tree from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

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