Man makes music with leaves and blows us all away

Posted by James Cartwright,

The extent of my electronic music knowledge starts and ends with knowing that MIDI is an acronym for musical instrument digital interface. That and that Squarepusher are cool. So when I see a man making digital music by scratching a selection of leaves across the dust mat of a turntable, all of my preconceived ideas about how music can be made are blown away immediately.

The man responsible for my conceptual upheaval is Italian composer and sound designer Diego Stocco, someone whose work you’ll know well if you’ve ever played Assassin’s Creed or watched an episode of The Tudors; he has serious pedigree. But it’s his experimental video performances that have really got me interested. Soundtracks made from sand and tunes from trees all feature on his website alongside this incredible leafy masterpiece. I defy you not to be impressed!

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    Diego Stocco: Duet for Leaves & Turntable

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    Diego Stocco: Duet for Leaves & Turntable

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    Diego Stocco: Duet for Leaves & Turntable

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    Diego Stocco: Duet for Leaves & Turntable


Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.