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NEMO 027
year: 2008

project coordinator:Krispen Hartung
mastering: Krispen Hartung
artwork:Krispen Hartung

CT-Bugs is a collection of compositions based on a set of sample recordings of a various insects from around the world. No other sound sources were used other than the insects. The artists, all members of (CT) Collective, manipulated these sample recordings with various effects and audio software, in order to produce their final work of musical art.

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12 andy butler
stream trackload mp3   Cicadas and Crickets

Day time cicada, Turkey.
Day time cricket, Turkey.
Night time cicadas, Turkey.
Night time cricket chorus, Crete.

Sennheiser MKE-66 stereo mic.
Vivanco EM216 stereo mic.
Sony MZ-35 MD Recorder.
Kenwood DMF20 destop MD Player(for digital transfer to pc)
PC with Adobe Audition.

All sounds are derived from recordings I made of the insects.

Slowing down the insect sounds brings them into a more musically useful octave range,
and reveals hidden structural details which would otherwise pass un-noticed.

Composition method is essentially improvisational, I select sounds in the Audition editor and, after any necessary clean-up work on the audio, use Audition to alter the sounds until they seem ready for use. Typical processes are resampling at slower speed, and filtering, although occasionally other treatments are used.
Sometimes sections are submixed to a new file for further treatment.
The sounds are added to the Audition multitrack layout for accurate positioning, with the option for automated volume control, filtering and panning.

In this piece, typically the treated sounds are heard first, in variation, before the original insect sound is revealed.
The last section is an unedited, untreated recording of massed crickets, all singing a prolonged 3kHz tone.

Copyright 2007 Andy Butler

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