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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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Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:32:53 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.)

Male, 40-49, Europe
 737 Posts
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:54:16 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.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 851 Posts
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:59:04 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.

Male, 50-59, Europe
 3931 Posts
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:36:11 AM
I'm still surprised that no-one has mentioned Buddy Holly.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1030 Posts
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:01:35 AM
If it is slowed down then how come you can still hear normal cricket chirps?

I call bullschitt!

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