Artist records song using only a tree

This is not normal behaviour.
This is not normal behaviour.

Diego Stocco, the man who found fame by burning a piano to make sounds for Spectrasonics' Omnisphere and making music with sand and a stapler, has now gone back to nature and recorded a track using only a tree.

Yep, that's right: he's played a tree.

He explains the motivation for his latest project: "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."

The result, as you can see and hear by clicking here, is fascinating, and demonstrates once again that, if you're a true musician, it's not about the gear you play, it's how you play it.

(Via Synthtopia)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.