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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Gruenrekorder GRUEN 122
Release Year: 2013
Note: investigations into the archaic "rhythms" of insects (cicadas, crickets, katydids, leafhoppers, water bugs...) which are brought together with instrumental improvisations on clarinets, guitar, Nordic flute, sax, overtune singing by ROTHENBERG & friends..16 curious tracks, some have been recorded live as "jam sessions with insects" outside.. "it's most likely that human music evolved out of the millions of years of listening to the sound of bugs that filled the soundscape of our ancestors"..
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"There has been rhythm on this planet for millions of years longer than humans have opened their mouths to sing. Long before birds, long before whales, insects have been thrumming, scraping, and drumming complex beats out into the world. David Rothenberg decided to investigate the resounding beats of cicadas, crickets, katydids, leafhoppers and water bugs in his unusual third foray into music made with and out of the animal world. After working with birds and whales, he now tackles the minute complex tunes of the entomological universe, building songs live and in the studio with cicadas who emerge only once every seventeen years, treehoppers who tap complex vibrations onto plant stalks, and a tiny beetle who makes one of the animal worlds loudest sounds by vibrating its penis underwater.

He is joined by guitarist Jrjendal, who has studied with Robert Fripp and Eno, Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir, Umru Rothenberg on iPad, and millions of tapping, screeching, and howling bugsHear them before they hear you." [label info]