DIEGO STOCCO

Диего Стокко

custom built orchestra

DIEGO STOCCO

source: olga-arefievalivejournal
Люди годами изучают искусство игры на том или ином музыкальном инструменте, чтобы иметь возможность более-менее прилично музицировать на нем. А вот итальянец Диего Стокко (Diego Stocco) пошел другим путем. Он мало того, что создал собственные инструменты, так еще и сам выступил в роли оркестра, играющего на них.

Композитор Диего Стокко известен на весь мир тем, что он может играть музыку буквально на чем угодно — он заставляет производить ноты даже самые немыслимые при этом вещи, такие как песок, деревья и даже канцелярский степлер. А в новом своем проекте этот итальянец сам создал музыкальные инструменты и сам сыграл на них, заменив собой целый оркестр.

Начался этот проект с того, что Диего Стокко стал собирать старые музыкальные инструменты, выбрасываемые хозяевами на свалку. Некоторые из них были во вполне рабочем состоянии, другие же — поломанные и раскуроченные. Композитор долго думал, что же делать со всем этим раритетным богатством, и в итоге решил создать из обломков новые, оригинальные инструменты, до того невиданные никем и никогда.

К примеру, Стокко соединил скрипку с гитарой, виолончель со скрипкой, трубу с волынкой. Подобных странных музыкальных инструментов у маэстро получилось более десятка. И на каждом из них он научился играть, а впоследствии и записал особую музыкальную партию.

Соединив партии всех этих оригинальных музыкальных инструментов, Диего Стокко получил уникальную музыкальную композицию, мало похожую на произведения других композиторов.
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source: diegostocco
Diego’s adventure in music started in a small town in Italy, with a reluctant classical training, broken piano hammers and a violin cut in half!

Fast forward a few years and to a different continent…

Diego is now a very active music sound designer, composer and performer, living in Los Angeles, contributing his work to some of the most remarkable productions.

He is one of the principal creative sound designers working with Spectrasonics. His sounds are part of the core libraries of Atmosphere™, Stylus™ RMX, and the flagship synthesizer Omnisphere™ 2. Diego’s unique style spans from organic timbres to imaginative custom instruments.

Diego’s music and performances can be heard on films and video games such as “Sherlock Holmes”, where he collaborated with Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer, on “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood” and “Revelations” scored by BAFTA winning composer Jesper Kyd, on the feature film “Chernobyl Diaries” which he scored and performed entirely, as well as other productions scored by composers Paul Haslinger, Trevor Morris and Jason Hayes. His music is also licensed on film trailers and TV shows with the renowned Epic Score music library.

Through the years Diego has worked with brands, agencies and studios such as Apple, Kashi/Kellogg, DTS, Bose, Burt’s Bees, Nokia, Sumsung, Panasonic, General Motors, Musikvergnuegen, VML, Baldwin&, Korg Italy and Moog. He has also worked with many major artists and industry veterans, including Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Elton John) and producer/songwriter Dave Stewart (Eurythmics).

Diego has been producing some of his experimental musical works in the form of video performances, the most notable being “Music from a Tree”, “Music from a Dry Cleaner” and “Bassoforte”, which led to mentions on TV shows such as NBC’s “Today”, Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet”, Japan’s NHK “Ohayou Nippon”, France’s Canal+ on “Oeil de Links” and “UnoMattina” on Italy’s Rai1.

Diego also contributes to the educational world by publishing advanced sound design content online, and lectures throughout the country at prestigious colleges such as Berklee College of Music, FIDM and Columbia College Chicago.
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source: designboom
using components and parts from instruments with structural damages and the hardware store, california-based sound
designer and composer diego stocco has developed a custom built orchestra. taking advantage of the fact that every year, hundreds of musical production item get thrown away or sold for parts, the conception introduces a multi-track piece performance including a series of custom made classic percussion cellos, violins, and more.

the ‘experiviolin’ has the body of a violin, the neck of an electric guitar and acoustic guitar strings. it only has two strings because the neck of the guitar is flat and having four strings like a regular violin would make playing it unpractical. it still retains some of the tonal colors of a violin but the tone is different, also due to the custom tuning.

the arcophonico was built by using a found tree branch. the electro-acoustic instrument is amplified with a pick up and a built-in piezo microphone. it has three sections, the bass with a fretted metallic neck, a two strings cello-like section and a vertical double bass string that can be played by pinching. it can be played with a bow, a chop stick, small metallic bars or picks. the ‘textural flute’ produces mostly overtones due to the restricted air passages. it combines a penny whistle, plastic pipes and the bell of a trombone.

the ‘sub-bass column’ is based on two thick elastic cords, it can be played tonally by pressing the cords in the right position. it makes a very low and thumping sound, making it useful as a tonal percussive instrument. the ‘double frame drum’ produces a much lower and deep sound than a regular frame drum. it’s also waterproof inside in case it needs to be filled up with water.
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source: vimeo
I’m a composer, music sound designer and performer, I create eclectic compositions with custom built instruments, elements of nature and experimental techniques.