Sound designer and composer Diego Stocco had a bunch of old junk lying around, including the keyboard of a dismantled piano and a chimney cap.
So he did what any self-respecting sound design super-guru would do, and made a franken-instrument, the Bassoforte:.
Few days ago I started thinking about how I could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano I keep in the garden, so I thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts I had laying around. I ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing I thought to call “Bassoforte” (bass + pianoforte).
The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge I used a cabinet handle, the pickups are from a guitar, and the part at the top where the strings are attached is a chimney cap, which works as resonator as well as percussive sound.
The track I created is a tribute to my Dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and “spaghetti western” films, and because of him I am too.
Stocco also installed guitar pickups and ran the output through AmpliTube 3, expanding his sonic palette.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
You can find out more about Stocco’s Bassoforte, too, at his Behance blog.