Watching the making of ‘Plant-Powered Music’ is like viewing a musical genius in action. You can see where the music is coming from and how it’s being produced, but can’t quite grasp how the final product sounds so damn good. By the end of the clip the pouring, sifting, sliding and shaking of beans, pepitas, peas and millet are intertwining to create a lush couple minutes of audio. Simply playing the guitar, bass or drums suddenly feels inadequate.
As Stocco explains, “the idea was to use different kinds of cereals in a musical way, so I created a set of custom instruments that would interact with the cereals, their movement and their sound.”
This relied upon ingenuity and craftsmanship of the highest standard. “I built a cereal-based drum kit, shakers, the Cereal Cello, a Yellow Peas Slide and other things,” says Stocco. “I also manipulated the sound of cereals through various synthesis methods in order to create tonal elements for the melody, bass and harmony parts.”
After a listen you may just find yourself waking up to the sound of cereal, rather than the taste.
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