In the last few years, Diego Stocco has established himself as the MacGyver of sound design – able to create interesting sounds and music from just about anything.
For his latest project, Kashi hired him to score a commercial – using breakfast cereal.
“The idea was to use different kinds of cereals in a musical way,” explains Stocco, “so I created a set of custom instruments that would interact with the cereals, their movement and their sound.”
“I built a cereal-based drum kit, shakers, the Cereal Cello, a Yellow Peas Slide and other things,” he adds. “I also manipulated the sound of cereals through various synthesis methods in order to create tonal elements for the melody, bass and harmony parts.”
Here’s a short behind-the-scenes look at his process:
Stocco also shared a short video via Instragram, demonstrating how he created a melodic line from cereal, using Omnisphere:
The short video demonstrates three essential stages of his methodology:
- sonic exploration – taking the time to explore the sounds available to you and to record them in creative ways;
- sound design – working with the source material to shape the sounds and explore their possibilities; and
- performance – arranging and performing with the resulting sounds to reveal their musical potential.