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Do Crickets Actually Sing Like Humans? [Pic]

One day composer Jim Wilson decided to record the sound of crickets – you know those chirpy insects that emit quite a soothing (if frequent) buzzing sound.

He slowed the recording down to such a level that suddenly those chirpy noises started to sound more and more like a choir of human voices. The slower the recording became, the more it appeared as if the crickets themselves were singing in beautiful and perfect harmony. No music, no instruments, no effects added

Who would have thought, that listening to the noises of an animal in such a non-conventional way, would unearth such a human and almost ethereal sound?

Listen for yourself:

Freaky right?
When slowed down cricket sing songs that sound strangely like humans singing. WEIRD.

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Date: 12/10/13 11:43 AM

28 Responses to Do Crickets Actually Sing Like Humans? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    December 10, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Link: Do Crickets Actually Sing Like Humans? - When slowed down cricket sing songs that sound strangely like humans singing. WEIRD.
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    Smoothjc1 Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    hmmmm interesting.
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    gammapane Male 18-29
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    i knew there was a reason i liked the grasshopper in "james and the giant peach"
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    captkava Male 40-49
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    my god, it`s full of stars ...
  5. Profile photo of Jake_Justus
    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful. Sounds like a choir. The whales are going to have to get busy now.

    Good one, captkava. Ligeti`s music was the also first thing I thought of when I listened to this.

    Great post. I-A-B at its best.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    This is so stupid. After hearing this, I took a cricket song and slowed it down. It sounds nothing like this. This version has clearly been manipulated quite a bit. Here is the one I did so you can hear what they actually sound like:
    Cricket Slowed Down
  7. Profile photo of Smutleybutt
    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    patchouly what if his crickets are a different species of crickets than yours? What he slowed them down more than yours?

    Here are peruvian crickets that sound very similar to his. Are yours peruvian crickets?

    I want to believe.
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    Izroth Female 30-39
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm
    I agree @Patchouly, you an hear separate crickets in the background, those would be slowed down as well, but you can hear them normal...someone has tooo much time on their hands!!!
  9. Profile photo of Jake_Justus
    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Interesting, Smutleybutt.

    patchouly, couldn`t the rhythmic structure change according to species, or because of external conditions like weather, time of day, etc. -- or depending on what kind of message or call is being transmitted?

    Guess only an entomologist would know for certain.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Izroth, the narrator specifically said there were two separate tracks on the audio -- one normal and one slowed down.
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    Crabes Male 30-39
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    December 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    patchouly`s cricket sound more realistic
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    First minute of this took me immediately to Tangerine Dream`s `Phaedra` Title track.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    `patchouly`s cricket`. That sounds a bit like a hypothetical Schroedinger`s cat.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    This is rather a cheat- it is heavily manipulated with a choir put in.
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    December 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    And Kanye claims to have written this song first in 1, 2 3
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    h2oxy Male 18-29
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    December 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    To think that there`s a wealth of beauty such as this which we cannot perceived through the human senses. It`s tragic and beautiful. "I was to believe." - SmutleyButt

    @patchouly What percent did you slow it down by? What resolution audio file did you use? Did you use high definition audio recording equipment? What mood were the crickets in when you recorded them?
  17. Profile photo of lauriloo
    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    December 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    patchouly- that`s one cricket in the second tenor section!
  18. Profile photo of Jake_Justus
    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Nickel 2, PHAEDRA was Tangerine Dream`s best album. Many hours spent listening to that one on the clunky old headphones.
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    den3jlb Male 18-29
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    December 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    They`re communicating with aliens.
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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    December 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    "And Kanye claims to have written this song first in 1, 2 3"

    *spittake*
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    December 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    What, you never heard of this guy? YouTube: HKh6XxYbbIc
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    I still hate hop roaches. I kill them every chance I get.
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am
    Somehow, that sick little personality quirk of yours doesn`t surprise me, Ollie.

    In fact, I bet you go out of your way to stomp on unsuspecting insects and other small animals.

    Makes you feel important and powerful in your pathetic little life, I`m sure.
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    December 11, 2013 at 12:01 am
    If it is slowed down then how come you can still hear normal cricket chirps?

    I call bullschitt!
  25. Profile photo of Nickel2
    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    December 11, 2013 at 2:36 am
    I`m still surprised that no-one has mentioned Buddy Holly.
  26. Profile photo of Smutleybutt
    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    December 11, 2013 at 3:59 am
    Sleepyhallow if you listen at about 59 seconds in, a narrator says there are two separate tracks on the audio. One is crickets at normal speed and one of the crickets slowed down. They overlapped the two tracks.
  27. Profile photo of CreamK
    CreamK Male 40-49
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    December 11, 2013 at 4:54 am
    Extreme pitch shifts causes artifacts to appear. The more you shift, the more repetition has to occur. That repetition extends the harmonical elements in time causing everything to "sing". I can take a buzzsaw and get it to sound like that.... Using a different algorithm would cause a totally different "song". What you mostly hear is mathematics, which in itself is quite beautiful.
  28. Profile photo of MrPeabody
    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    December 11, 2013 at 10:32 am
    I agree with what @CreamK said. I have made sound effects for different media and have heard this when slowing different audio clips down (If I remember correctly, it was around 800x slower that this would happen.)

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