Sound designer Diego Stocco has a new video, Custom Built Orchestra, that features a virtual orchestra made up of his performances with original instrument designs.
In the video, Stocco plays his Experiviolon, which combines elements of violin and electric guitar; Experibass; Arcophonico, an electroacoustic instrument made from a tree branch; Luminopiano, created by inserting microphones into light bulbs; and the Sub-Bass Column.
Details on the instruments are available at his Behance profile page.
Here’s what Stocco has to say about his Custom Built Orchestra:
I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.
The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!
Stocco notes that his custom orchestra is built primarily from ‘junk’ instruments. “Besides objects and materials that I purchase at the hardware store, I’m using parts that come from instruments with structural damages, making them unusable in a traditional sense.¬†Every year, hundreds of musical instruments get thrown away or sold for parts only, including pianos and classical strings.”
You can find out more about Stocco, his instruments and his unique approach to sound design in our interview, Diego Stocco – From Sound Design To Soundtracks.