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  • 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.

    Below you can see the video and some pictures with more detailed descriptions.
    I hope you'll like it.
  • Video
  • Pictures
  •         I 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.
  •         Here I was recording the low frequencies coming from a big piece of cortex. I used this sound as a
            kick drum.
  •         Two Røde NT6 attached to my fingers with rubber bands, to record sounds dinamically.
  •         Tuning the twig by trimming it with a pencil sharpener.
  •         This is the twig that I was using to play the bass note.
  •         A little twig I used for high-pitched sounds.
  • The track is also available as an high-quality download on my Bandcamp page:
    http://diegostocco.bandcamp.com/track/music-from-a-tree