Diego Stocco – Beachwood Real-Time Multi-Processing Improv

Sound designer Diego Stocco has released a new video, Beachwood, that captures a short improvisation, created with a musical object he calls “Beachwood”.

In the beginning of the video, he explains that he started with a piece of wood he found at the beach. Then he added a contact mic and a lavalier mic and some metal resonators.  Continue reading

Diego Stocco Wants To Teach You His Creative Miking Techniques

Sound design super freak Diego Stocco – who’s set pianos on fire, made music from a bonsai tree, done beat making with the sounds of a dry cleaner and even built his own orchestra of custom instruments – wants to teach you his creative mic techniques.

Stocco has released a new instructional video, Creative Miking Techniques, that documents what he’s learned from his sound design experiments. A preview is embedded above.

Here’s what he’s got to say about the full video: Continue reading

Free Impulse Responses From Sound Designer Diego Stocco

diego-stoccoSound design superfreak Diego Stocco, who’s known for going to extremes to create interesting sounds, has released a free collection of creative impulse responses, Percussive Echoes Bonus.

In the past, Stocco has made Music From Sand, Music from a Tree, scored with Hans Zimmer and even built his own orchestra.

More recently, Stocco has been creating impulse responses for creative sound design. His latest set is a free download.  Continue reading

Diego Stocco’s New Impulse Response Collection, Rhythmic Convolutions, Offers 200 Ways To Transform Your Sounds

diego-stoccoSound designer Diego Stocco has introduced Rhythmic Convolutions – a new collection of impulse responses, designed for advanced sound design.

Stocco is known for going to extremes to create inspirational sounds (setting pianos on fire, making music with bonsai trees), so we talked with him to learn more about the new impulse response library.

Synthtopia: What can you tell us about Rhythmic Convolutions?

Diego Stocco: This is a set of 200 Impulse Responses, specifically designed for the processing of rhythmic elements and instruments like drum machines, real drums and percussion, beat boxing and in general, instruments that have a percussive quality.

I made the Impulse Respones from organic-sounding sources and materials like metal, glass, paper, rubber, wood, water, etc. Continue reading

Learn From The Superfreak Of Sound Design, Diego Stocco

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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.”