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.”
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.