Sound Designer, Diego Stocco, Makes Music Using Dry Cleaning Instruments (Video)

Digital Media Students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising had the opportunity to film Diego Stocco, a master sound designer/music composer known for his uncanny ability to create music and sounds using unorthodox instruments, for a new short video “Music from a Dry Cleaner.” The video was played more than 50,000 times within one day of being published on Stocco’s Youtube and Vimeo accounts.

While passing by his local dry cleaner, Aviva Cleaners, in Burbank, California, Stocco says that he routinely listens to the interesting sounds flooding from Aviva’s open doors.

“Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments,” says Stocco on his Vimeo page.

Stocco developed an incredible composition using a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, a bucket full of soap, and buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines to create the bass and lead sounds. For more about Diego Stocco, check out FIDMDigitalArts.com’s exclusive interview with Stocco in our Take 5 video web series at this link.

UPDATE: Diego Stocco’s “Music from a Dry Cleaner” video, filmed by FIDM Digital Media students was featured on the Today Show. Check it out at this link.

Check out “Music from a Dry Cleaner” below:

Diego Stocco: Music from a Dry Cleaner

Diego Stocco, creating music using natural tools and instruments at a dry cleaner in Burbank, California.Diego Stocco, creating music using natural tools and instruments at a dry cleaner in Burbank, California.Diego Stocco, creating music using natural tools and instruments at a dry cleaner in Burbank, California.Diego Stocco, creating music using natural tools and instruments at a dry cleaner in Burbank, California.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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