Hoaxed By Crickets: Yes, These Critters Make Interesting Sounds. No, They Don’t Sound Like a Choir of Angels November 17, 2014

Hoaxed By Crickets: Yes, These Critters Make Interesting Sounds. No, They Don’t Sound Like a Choir of Angels

The sounds of these seemingly run-of-the-mill crickets, played back at a very low speed, are amazing proof of God’s creation; they sound like a choir of angels. Listen and maybe you’ll become a believer too:

This recording has been doing the rounds all over again after it drew a lot of interest on social media about a year ago.

I enjoy a great cricket medley as much as the next guy, but let’s establish for the record that the Jim Wilson recording above is too good to be true.

The choir sounds human because it is. Meaning, what you hear are the insects sounding off together, overlaid by a digitally processed ethereal vocal track sung by Sioux soprano Bonnie Jo Hunt, in a studio collaboration with Wilson and Robbie Robertson. More here.

Real crickets played back at low speeds sound plenty beguiling too. Like so:

It’s at 3:18 that something astonishing happens. The little musical bugs begin to sound for all the world like they’re performing Händel’s Messiah.

We’ve been Ric-rolled!

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P.S. I didn’t choose the photo accompanying the audio tracks. With the caveat that I’m no entomologist, that looks like a grasshopper to me, not a cricket.

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