‘custom built orchestra’ by diego stocco
using components and parts from instruments with structural damages and the hardware store, california-based sound
designer and composer diego stocco has developed a custom built orchestra. taking advantage of the fact that every year,
hundreds of musical production item get thrown away or sold for parts, the conception introduces a multi-track piece
performance including a series of custom made classic percussion cellos, violins, and more.
custom built orchestra courtesy of diego stocco
left: ‘tonal metals’
the ‘experiviolin’ has the body of a violin, the neck of an electric guitar and acoustic guitar strings. it only has two strings
because the neck of the guitar is flat and having four strings like a regular violin would make playing it unpractical.
it still retains some of the tonal colors of a violin but the tone is different, also due to the custom tuning.
right: ‘textural flute’
the arcophonico was built by using a found tree branch. the electro-acoustic instrument is amplified with a pick up and
a built-in piezo microphone. it has three sections, the bass with a fretted metallic neck, a two strings cello-like section
and a vertical double bass string that can be played by pinching. it can be played with a bow, a chop stick,
small metallic bars or picks. the ‘textural flute’ produces mostly overtones due to the restricted air passages.
it combines a penny whistle, plastic pipes and the bell of a trombone.
left: ‘sub-bass column’
right: ’double frame drum’
the ‘sub-bass column’ is based on two thick elastic cords, it can be played tonally by pressing the cords in the right position.
it makes a very low and thumping sound, making it useful as a tonal percussive instrument. the ‘double frame drum’
produces a much lower and deep sound than a regular frame drum. it’s also waterproof inside in case it needs to be
filled up with water.
‘sound board percussions’