Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony. Though it sounds like human voices, everything you hear in the recording is the crickets themselves.
A: It's a mysteriously beautiful recording from, I am told, Robbie Robertson's label. It's of crickets. That's right, crickets. The first time I heard it ... I swore I was listening to the Vienna Boys Choir, or the Mormon Tabernacle choir. It has a four-part harmony. It is a swaying choral panorama. Then a voice comes in on the tape and says, "What you are listening to is the sound of crickets. The only thing that has been manipulated is that they slowed down the tape." No effects have been added of any kind, except that they changed the speed of the tape. The sound is so haunting. I played it for Charlie Musselwhite, and he looked at me as if I pulled a Leprechaun out of my pocket.
What listeners are hearing is often touted as being nothing more than a simple two-track recording of crickets, with crickets chirping at normal speed on one track and greatly slowed-down recordings of crickets (said to be "slowed down to match and mirror the length of the average lifespan of a human being") chirping on the other. How much the original recordings of crickets were manipulated (beyond simply slowing them down) to produce this work is a topic that has sparked considerable debate, with some confusion apparently stemming from the fact that this recording exists in multiple forms.
Though it may sound like a synthesizer or a chorus singing; it's the crickets themselves slowed way down, creating the effect of a choir of human voices. The sound created is a simple diatonic 7-note scale chord progression and melody with a multi-layered structure.
I do a lot of traveling because of our non-profit organization. We work with children on self-improvement. So I'm out on the reservations much of the time. And I had these messages saying that Robbie Robertson said to get in touch with me. So we went in studio. He said, 'I want you to do whatever you feel like. And, now, these are crickets.' So I thought, oh, my goodness. I'm to accompany crickets, see?
They were saying cricket words. I kept thinking, 'Oh, I almost can understand them. It's a nice, mellow tone. And they never went off pitch until one of the interludes, where they went real crazy and they got back on again to where they were. And I know that people do not know that they're listening to crickets unless they're told that that's what that is.
Nonetheless, even if the original recording featured nothing other than the sounds of crickets chirping, exactly what was done to those sounds to create the finished piece remains a subject of contention. Critics contend that Wilson didn't simply slow down a continuous recording of crickets chirping; they interpret his statement that he "slowed down this recording to various levels" and Bonnie Joe Hunt's reference to Wilson's "lowering the pitch" several times to mean that he used multiple recordings of crickets, each slowed down by a different amount to produce a specific pitch, and layered them to create a melodic effect sounding like a "well-trained church choir."
Tom Waits (on Jim Wilson): "Wilson, he's always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts - you wouldn't believe it. It's like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it's just slowed down, they didn't manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there's something to be said for slowing down the world."
Yea alexander, your clearly not educated in basic math. This is not the sound of straight crickets. I do Foleys (sound effects) and have recorded crickets and just slowed it down myself to a widevarying degreeees of speed and that harmony does not exist in there. This is just more fake science to try to prove some divinity through a base perception. IT doesnt happen, stop doing it.
About 12 years ago I was with a group climbing a mountain. We started at 2am and I was hearing the sound of the crickets that are of course same as what I am hearing in this recording but without the background of like a choir. This is amazing.
Now I know why I have always been drawn to crickets at night when they begin chirping. I always tell my grandson to listen to them. I love the fact it is in the key of the amen cadance. So I say Amen, Amen, Amen!!!
The temperature of the air causes chirps to be closer together when hot,and very slow when it is cool, or cold. This is feasible, and I have heard crickets chirping this fast in unison on extremely hot summer nights.Did anyone else mention this air and body temperature of the crickets?
Composer Jim Wilson claims he recorded crickets making their normal, cricket-y sounds and found that for some reason, after slowing down the recording, it sounds like a human chorus. He calls the recording "God's Chorus Of Crickets."
Though Wilson claims his masterpiece is made solely from a chorus of the cricket variety, others have tried to replicate the sound to no avail, unable to replicate the major scale that Wilson achieves. Skeptics believe Wilson manipulated his cricket noises to create a major scale melody. Below, hear a cricket chorus by another artist that is unarguably more cricket-like.
his is the sound of mutiple field crickets slowed down 50 times. There is various pitch changes on the tracks. However, it dosen't sound like an angel choir. Jim Wilson may had recorded crickets and slowed down the recording, but he had obviously modified the file to make it sound like some angelic choir (he is musician after all). 2b1af7f3a8