The trees are alive with the sound of music

Music

Or at least they are, if you know where to look for it. Diego Stocco made this short composition Music From A Bonsai by tapping, rustling, bowing, and plucking various parts of a Bonsai tree. The only sound equipment used was a multitrack editor. Impressive work!

I always liked bonsai trees, and I was curious to try the approach I used for “Music from a Tree” on a smaller scale, so I bought a bonsai and recorded this little experimental piece.

To determine the key I used the lowest note I could play and recorded the rest around it.
Besides playing the leaves, I used bows of different sizes, a piano hammer and a paint brush.
As far as microphones I used my Røde NT6, a customized stethoscope and tiny MEAS piezo transducers.

I played all the sounds and rhythms only with the bonsai, I didn’t use any synthesizer or samplers to create or modify the sounds. I hope you’ll like it.

[via Theo’s Gallimaufry]

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