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Music from a Dry Cleaner

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Almost everyday, on the way to a local bakery, sound designer and composer Diego Stocco walks in front of a dry cleaners. One day, inspired by the mechanical and steam sounds he could hear coming through the open door, he asked the owners if he could record a piece of music with their work equipment. He used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. No additional sounds were added from any traditional or electronic instruments.
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  • Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. 
    When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. 
    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.

    I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. 
    The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. 
    There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!
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  • This is a Press Machine. It usually presses clothes, but in this case I was playing rhythmic parts with it.
    The lid makes a nice mechanical sound, and the pedals and levers on top control the steam.
  • A detail of the levers on the top of the press machine.
  • This is a Puff Iron. It makes different type of steam sounds and has three pedals.
  • Here I was recording a series of buzzing tones from the conduits. 
    I used them for the bass and lead sounds you hear on the second half of the piece.
  • I found out that I could tune these metallic hangers by cutting them in different spots.
    They make a very cool sound when miked really close. I was playing them with chopsticks.
  • I used my customized stethoscope to record the sound of a plastic bucket filled with soap.
    It's an improved version of the one I built for Music From a Tree.
  • Here I was playing the inside of a washer - it makes a nice round sound! :  )
  • For those of you into technical details, this was my recording equipment: API pre/eq/comp (512c, 550b, 527), Apogee Ensemble, ProTools9, MacBookPro, Røde mikes (NT2A, NT5, NTG-2).

  • If you would like to see more of my works, you can you can visit my other galleries
    here. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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