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Robert Wilson | crickets audio recording slowed way down – you HAVE to listen to this!

Probably the most beautiful thing you’ll hear in a long while. Beauty all around us, it just needs the right people to tweak it. I’ve nothing else to add with my clumsy words: just go, follow the link and take five minutes; take a break and really listen to it ;)

Click here to listen: Crickets audio recording slowed way down.

Tom Waits (on Robert 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.”

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Please note:

To try and clarify a few quick points raised in the below comments:

1: According to the Guardian newspaper (a source I trust) the music appeared in an art installation in Norfolk (2012).

“This strange universe is called Walking, and it has been created by the director and artist Robert Wilson, in collaboration with the Dutch artists Theun Mosk and Boukje Schweigman. Part meditation, part immersive theatre, it is a three-hour walk in which participants are instructed to move slowly across a remote slice of Norfolk countryside, their encounters with a series of dramatic sound installations timed to the second by yellow-cloaked guides called “angels”.”

2: The music was, according to the Guardian, created by Tom Waits (which makes the above Tom Waits quote a bit odd – and I’ll need to look into the authenticity of the quote a bit more – I found several blogs using the quote and it was being spread on social networks when I posted it).

The Guardian further says:

“This turns out to be a recording of crickets slowed down by Tom Waits, an approximation of what they might sound like if they lived as long as humans. “What you hear is like human voices, or choirs from heaven,” Wilson says.”

3: I’ll look into claims the above recording is the work of Jim Wilson and Tom Waite asap. I have found Jim Wilson’s music on Amazon, but due to a terrible Internet connection am unable to listen to it atm.

 

18 Responses to Robert Wilson | crickets audio recording slowed way down – you HAVE to listen to this!

  1. Can I please play the slowed down crickets at my art show called
    “Gods. &Worms”? The whole show is about the sacred bugs, combining sait and butterflies and crickets and deities…total credit to yon, of course. Can I download it? Please let me know, my opening is oct 11th. Thanks!

  2. sorry, I was in the bathtub and did not have my glasses, so that last missive was garbled. I am, in fact, having an art opening called “Gods & Worms” and I would so very much love to play the crickets slowed down for people to be inspired aurally and visually…my show is asking people to really look at and listen to insects, so I present them as deities, with shrines and alters, but ones that the bugs would like, I hope! At any rate, the sounds would make it come alive in such a magical way. Please let me know if there is a place to download the slow cricket music. I would appreciate it so much!

    • Nancy, also check out a recording by Marjorie de Muenck called Vibrational Healing Music. She does sample Jim Wilson’s piece at the end with the crickets, but throughout this recording of natural insect sounds she has layered very simple and beautiful ambient music. I am a sound therapist myself and when I first was going to play the CD I really had my reservations thinking that either the insect sounds (bees, bats?, crickets and frogs) could really be creepy (!) or else that it would be over the top new-agey but in fact within 30 seconds I was very impressed and use it A LOT in my sound healing sessions. It may work really beautifully with your art presentation. What I realized from working with this recording is that the sounds of insects actually charge the brain/nervous system and are very important and healing for us.

  3. Hi Nancy, you’ll have to do your research and find out how to download it. It’s not my recording. It’s the work of the well-known artist, Robert Wilson.

  4. Robert Wilson is not the creator of Cricket Chorus. Jim Wilson of Santa Fe NM is the creator and this viral-misattritbution really needs to be corrected.

  5. So whose is it, Jim’s or Robert’s?
    And is this just slowed down or how come I hear both the chirping I usually associate with crickets and this other more ethereal sound?

    the chirping does not sound slowed down. So is that part overdubbed?

  6. The quote is not Tom Waits, but Tom Waite, to Jim Wilson, not Robert Wilson:
    http://www.constancedemby.com/godscricketchorus_f.html

    The recording is extracted from a 90′s new-age CD. Anyone else get the feeling they’ve been had?

  7. There’s a lot of misinformation here, but the quote does seem to be from Tom Waits: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2008/05/an_interview_with_tom_waits_by.html

    about a recording made by Jim Wilson for a label run by Robbie Robertson

  8. Tbh, I posted this last year and hadn’t expected it to be shared 5,000 times on Facebook. I just added it so friends and regular readers could enjoy it.

    To try and clarify a few quick points:

    1: According to the Guardian newspaper (a source I trust) the music appears in an art installation in Norfolk.

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/aug/22/robert-wilson-walking-angels-norfolk

    “This strange universe is called Walking, and it has been created by the director and artist ROBERT Wilson, in collaboration with the Dutch artists Theun Mosk and Boukje Schweigman. Part meditation, part immersive theatre, it is a three-hour walk in which participants are instructed to move slowly across a remote slice of Norfolk countryside, their encounters with a series of dramatic sound installations timed to the second by yellow-cloaked guides called “angels”.”

    2: The music was , according to the Guardian, created by Tom Waits (which makes the above quote a bit odd – and I’ll need to look into the quote more).

    “This turns out to be a recording of crickets slowed down by Tom Waits, an approximation of what they might sound like if they lived as long as humans. “What you hear is like human voices, or choirs from heaven,” Wilson says.”

    3: I’ll look into claims the above recording is the work of Jim Wilson and Tom Waite asap.

  9. Apparently, the source for this a 1992 recording by somone called The Little Wolf Band. And Tom Waits is messing with us. Check this out.

    http://www.metafilter.com/132663/Angel-music

  10. Recorded by Jim Wilson, not Robert, excellent music producer. The recording is called God’s Cricket Chorus, and yes, it is the recording of crickets slowed way down to match the lifespan of a human being, simultaneously with the real time recording of them. No other instruments, voices, etc. used. Check out http://www.constancedemby.com/godscricketchorus_f.html.
    You can buy the original recording on Amazon. It’s pretty amazing. http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Chorus-Crickets-Jim-Wilson/dp/1932192077
    Jim Wilson produced The Little Wolf Band so he may have an excerpt on that CD although I have it and don’t ever remember hearing it on there. It may be on the beginning of one of the songs though- he does that sort of thing a lot.

  11. faked. just listening to the length of the individual notes vs the length of the cricket chirps. lol someone was super happy with the auto tune, but at the same time, i do believe that all animals and people communicate better with music than words, so nice idea, shame they had to fake it.

  12. Guys,
    it’s easy. Get a recorder, get out there in the summer, find a quiet place with lots of crickets, record them, go home, open your computer, open whatever music production program you might have (or get one), slow down the recording as many time as you want (if you really want to do it properly find out what’s the difference between a human life span and a cricket life span), you are READY. No copyrights, it’s yours!
    It has been done lots of times with slowing down bird songs, they sound like a human voice too!

  13. are we also hearing the sounds of birds too ??

  14. Im sure i hear the trills of birds ? Im wondering if that translates to the angelic chorus soundind parts of the slower version ?

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