A few months ago a video did the rounds that featured sound designer and composer Diego Stocco creating a musical instrument out of a tree. He carved away the branches to achieve a complementary set of pitches then proceeded to tap and bow away at them. It was a fascinating process to watch, regardless of the results, and now he’s done it again. But this time the whole affair is a little, well, smaller.
He has applied the same technique to a bonsai tree, to great effect. Stocco explains his processs:
“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.”
An interesting example of the intersection between art and nature! Check it out for yourself.