FIDM Digital Media Guest Lecturer, Diego Stocco, Inspires Short Film by Swedish Music & Sound Production Design Student

Sound designer and music composer Diego Stocco is known for his innovative and experimental approach to sound design, inspiring not only FIDM Digital Media Students locally in his home state of California, but students all over the world. Music and sound production student Alexander Eldefors sent us his short film project “Nature as an Instrument” inspired by Stocco’s work, all the way from Dalarna University in Sweden.

“Diego was a inspiration and ‘music from nature’ was one of my reference productions when I pitched the idea [of this project],” says Eldefors, who recorded natural sounds at a ski resort and used them to make the music heard in the video below.

“Everything was documented and edited to a song with synchronized video; both video and audio were edited simultaneously,” says Eldefors. “No modulation effects were used in the song, only basic EQ, pan, volume and compression.”

This creative and authentic approach to music composition for film is a focus for the Digital Media program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in which students study all stages of the video post-production pipeline. Stocco is one of many industry professionals who influence FIDM’s Digital Media Students as a guest lecturer. Watch Eldefors’ short film below, along with Stocco’s “Music from Nature” video for Burt’s Bees and FIDM’s exclusive interview with Stocco below about his creative process in our web series Take 5.

Nature as an Instrument by Alexander Eldefors

Music from Nature by Diego Stocco

FIDM Interviews Composer, Diego Stocco

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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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