Listen to the lovely orchestra of crickets singing at human speed [audio] [updated
Want to hear something magical? Experimental director and playwright, Robert Wilson, caught a hauntingly beautiful piece of music one night, a recording of crickets. That part is common enough, but then he stretched out the sound as much as one would have to stretch the life of a cricket to equal that of a human, and the result is truly wonderful. Thanks to the many readers who wrote in comments on this piece, we can set the record straight in terms of attribution and the history of this amazing piece of work. We apologize for the mistake, and thank you again! The original recording dates back to a CD released in 1992 by Jim Wilson called God’s Cricket Chorus, portions of which ended up in a song from the same year called Ballad of the Twisted Hair, which Wilson produced. Opera singer Bonnie Jo Hunt was approached by Robbie Robertson and Jim Wilson to add some human accompaniment to the stunning chorus Wilson had discovered when he’d slowed the sounds down and lowered the pitch.