Learn From The Superfreak Of Sound Design, Diego Stocco


For several years, sound design superfreak Diego Stocco has been amazing people with his videos, which document the incredible lengths that he goes to in order to create unique sounds. He’s set pianos on fire, he’s made music from a bonsai tree, he’s done beat making with the sounds of a dry cleaner and has even built his own orchestra of custom instruments.

While Stocco’s videos let you see the passion he brings to his work, many people have also been interested in learning more about his technique – from the gear he uses for recording to the software he uses for sound processing to the details of how he transforms raw sound into musical instruments.

For people interested in the nitty-gritty of sound design, Stocco has started a new series of premium ‘master class’ videos, Feedforward Sounds, that will look at advanced and experimental sound design techniques. The videos are primarily designed for producers, artists and audio professionals. Continue reading

Diego Stocco – Wired For Sound

WIred has published a set of videos from the Wired 2012 conference, including this talk by musician and sound designer Diego Stocco.

Stocco is familiar to many Synthtopia readers for his sound design work for Omnisphere and his inspirational sound design video songs. The video captures his full talk from the conference, in which he discusses the relationship of waves to music, his instrument inventions and making music from a tree.

“I want to live in a future,” notes Stocco, “with more music that will surprise me.”

Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Orchestra

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.

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Bob Moog’s Legacy

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This promo for The Bob Moog Foundation features musicians and panelists from Moogfest 2011, discussing their thoughts on Bob Moog’s legacy.

Featuring: Moby, Wayne Coyne, Diego Stocco, Eric Persing, Bryan Bell, Dick Hyman, Terry Riley, David Borden, Joel Cummins, Alan Vega and Torley.

Today is the 7th anniversary of Bob Moog’s death at age 71 and the 6th anniversary of the creation of the Bob Moog Foundation.

Diego Stocco On Finding Beauty In Sound

Sound designer and composer Diego Stocco lets us know about this new video that captures a presentation he gave recently on sound design at the Vimeo Festival & Awards.

The presentation is about 80 minutes long and offers a deep look at Stocco and his techniques. More importantly, though, Stocco shares some great sound design stories and shares his infectious attitude for finding beauty in sound.

See also our recent Diego Stocco interview and his portfolio of audio experiments.