|Diego Stocco. Music From A Tree.
In the garden of Diego’s house there's a tree with lots of randomly grown twigs. It looks odd and nice at the same time. One day Diego asked itself if he could create a piece of music with it.
To tune the tree he picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by trimming them with a pencil sharpener. He used two Røde NT6 and a NTG-2 as microphones, combined with a customized stethoscope.
He recorded the tracks live on a Pro Tools LE system. Diego 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.
Below you can see the video and some pictures with more detailed descriptions.
Diego modified a stethoscope by using some hose accessories. The connection between the plastic pipe and the microphone needed to be sealed in order to transmit the sound well.
He have recording the low frequencies coming from a big piece of cortex. He used this sound as a kick drum.
Two Røde NT6 attached to it’s fingers with rubber bands, to record sounds dynamically.
Tuning the twig by trimming it with a pencil sharpener.
This is the twig that he was using to play the bass note.
He used a little twig for high-pitched sounds.