Diego Stocco’s “Bassoforte”


Ever since I discovered the composer Harry Partch in the early ’80s, I’ve been fascinated by musicians/composers who build their own instruments. There’s marching to the tune of your own drummer, and then there’s making the drums you march to! Diego Stocco is one of those musicians/sound artists who’s constantly experimenting with finding sound, rhythm, and music in the mundane objects around him — I mean, this is a guy who made music with a Bonsai tree! Here, he turns a gutted piano, a bass guitar neck, and a chimney cap into a keyed and hammered instrument. [Via DudeCraft]

The trees are alive with the sound of music

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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