17 Jun '11, 6pm

Sax Jam With Swarming Cicadas (wild video + @soundcloud clip) #nature

My first sustained immersion in an environment dominated by insects and their sounds came in 1989, when I spent several months roaming the westernmost corner of Brazil’s portion of the Amazon River basin researching “The Burning Season ,” my book on the life, murder and legacy of the rain forest defender Chico Mendes. In the opening chapter , I described the moments leading to the shotgun blasts that killed him a year before, including this description of the cacophony that always accompanied sunset there: The cicadas began their nightly drone, enfolding the town and the surrounding rain forest in a blanket of sound that resembled an orchestra of sitar players tuning their instruments. Librado Romero/The New York Times David Rothenberg studies and plays along with the sounds of other species. In recent weeks, a similar sound, building to levels of up to 120 decibels, has b...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/sax-and-cica...

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