September 9, 2009

How to Make Music From a Tree.

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

Wow, I totally got into this. Who knew that attaching microphones to your fingers and caressing a tree could yield such rhythmic results?

From Diego on behance.net:

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.

This is the twig that I was using to play the bass note.

The two Røde NT6 attached to my fingers with rubber bands. I came up with this idea because mike stands are not very practical for certain locations and also because in this way I can move the microphones dynamically around the object I'm recording.

For more on Diego Stocco’s innovative musicality, visit this website.

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