Diego Stocco is a name familiar to many Synthtopia readers. Stocco is known for his sound design work with Spectrasonics; his inspirational sound design videos; his unique instrument designs; and for torching pianos.
His most recent project is the soundtrack for the horror film, Chernobyl Diaries. The soundtrack draws on all his background, from sound design to custom instruments. You can hear some cues from the soundtrack at Stocco’s portfolio page.
Synthtopia’s James Lewin talked to Stocco about his work on the soundtrack, his journey from sound design to soundtrack work and why he’s hellbent on torching pianos.
Diego Stocco – From Sound Design To Soundtracks
Synthtopia: Congratulations on scoring Chernobyl Diaries, Diego. How did the opportunity to score this film come about?
Diego Stocco: Thank you so much James! The opportunity came after the director Brad Parker had a chance to see some of my videos online, he liked my approach with sounds of my custom built instruments and thought it could work well for his film.
Synthtopia: In a broader sense, how did you evolve your career from being a young guy with a creative ear for sound design to doing the soundtrack for a motion picture?
Diego Stocco: I always had a passion for film music, which I tried to channel also in the sound design work I’ve been doing with Spectrasonics.
To me, the process of creating sounds is tightly connected to the process of making music, I see these two phases being one the continuation of the other, and I actually enjoy very much creating sounds from scratch when it comes to my musical works. I also think that doing a lot of sound design work gave me the opportunity to figure out what approach to recording techniques, synths and instrument I like the best.
Synthtopia: Do you think there are key things you’ve done, in terms of your work or how you’ve networked, that have helped you to jump from success to success?
Diego Stocco: Posting videos online helped a lot as far as getting my work out. As a musician, it’s just the easiest way to show what you can do.
These are days when we can make our work public without having to wait for it to be incorporated into anything else, we can make our own videos, produce the music we like and publish it in front of a potential worldwide audience, and definitely websites like Synthopia play an important role in bringing our works to a larger audience. What I’ve seen happening in terms of involvement in films and video games at the beginning was a surprise to me, I wasn’t planning to reach any specific goal with my videos, I just wanted to try new things.