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An evening with the crickets of Pawtucket

An evening with the crickets of Pawtucket
17th February 2015 Cities and Memory

lafayetteSomething of an unusual one, this, in that it comes with an accompanying video to go alongside the reimagined sound. Contributor Erik Gould from Rhode Island, USA, took the original recording when he came across some crickets in a shopping plaza on a warm November evening around the Providence/Pawtucket city line.

The original file was recorded using a simple voice memo recorder on a mobile phone, proving you can get pretty decent results with phones these days.

The reimagined sound starts off relatively untreated, lulling you into a false sense of security, before descending into a sonic gloom that makes this sound like an incidental scene from a Predator movie, the cricket chirping becoming an entirely alien language.

Video piece:


Corner of Lafayette from erik gould on Vimeo.

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