Musician and author, David Rothenberg, like many musicians is in tune to the sounds of nature. His album, Bug Music, uses recordings of insect sounds to set the rhythm, then overlays them with more traditional musical instrumentation. Among the insect sounds sampled, are periodic cicadas, katydids and water boatmen. The result is an eclectic album based on novel sounds. Entomologists will recognize the “insect sounds” and enjoy hearing them integrated into music.
The accompanying book, Bug Music, discusses insect sounds and their relationship with human music. The book discusses some of the technical considerations of insect sound production. It is an interesting an informative read for those interested in insect sound and the interface between insects and human music.