Hildegard Westerkamp - Cricket Voice
  Year :   1987
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Soundwork
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  Length: 10:55 Cricket Voiceis a musical exploration of a cricket, whose song I recorded in the stillness of a Mexican desert region called the "Zone of Silence". The quiet of the desert allowed for such acoustic clarity that this cricket's night song - sung coincidentally very near my microphone - became the ideal "sound object" for this tape composition. Slowed down, it sounds like the heartbeat of the desert, in its original speed it sings of the stars. The quiet of the desert also encouraged soundmaking. The percussive sounds in Cricket Voicewere created by "playing" on desert plants: on the spikes of various cacti, on dried up roots and palm leaves, and by exploring the resonances in the ruins of an old water reservoir. Cricket Voicewas completed with the financial assistance of the Canada Council. The composition is dedicated to Norbert Ruebsaat, who wrote: It's hard to be a night in the desert without the crickets. You make it with stars. You make it with the skin of the desert night. You stitch those two together sky and earth. You find it with your cricket voice. Accessed 12.06.2009 from http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/program_notes/cricket%20voice.html