Intermission: The Experibass

What happens when you hack a double bass, violin, viola, and cello into pieces, reassemble the parts into one instrument, and play that with a fork?


It'll make you cringe to see sound artist Diego Stocco take a hacksaw to a beautiful old double bass, but the ends justify the means. The result, as you'll see in the video, is a unique Frankenstein of an instrument called the Experibass.

Stocco canabalizes several other musical instruments to create the Experibass, including a violin, a viola, and a cello. If that's not unorthodox enough for you, he plays it with "cello and double bass bows, a little device I built with fishing line and hose clamps, a paint brush, a fork, spoons, a kick drum pedal and a drum stick," he writes.

Stocco has garnered a lot of recognition for his Experibass; it's been featured in the score of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie as well as on the bestselling video game Assassin's Creed. Check it out.