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Drone Boxes: Crickets, Cicadas, Bees, which insect is best?
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Author Drone Boxes: Crickets, Cicadas, Bees, which insect is best?
johnstilton
A few months ago it was suggested that there should be a thread on using insects to make drones. I think making insect noises with modular is a much better idea.

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=213936&start=all&pos tdays=0&postorder=asc&sid=85c92673d5a67dfbde16b2a484fb8f1f

Either way, here is the thread!

A cicada has a organ called a Tymbal consisting of chitinous ribs which make a *click* several hundred clicks a minute, modulated in a cicada-sexy way produces the cicada song! It would seem like some sort of PWM waveforms could be the building blocks to synthesizing cicadas and other insect like noises.

Please share your own experiences!
wackelpeter
this recording i've made contained my take on a cricket and a fly buzzing around…

https://soundcloud.com/bastian-j/summer-meadow

to make it more "natural" there should be some variations (time, Intervalls, etc.) to the pure Sound... Maybe should have added two Crickets on separate channels somehow duelling in their performance and instead drop one of the bird Voices...

the fly was made with a sqaure wave pwm-ed (initially a thin pulse) and mangled through a BPF and VCA controlled with a slope generator which lengths were altered via CV...
MindMachine
I have old ARP 2600 patch sheets I made in the early 90's entitled Flies, Flies II and Crickets. Flies II was more just like a hive of generic insects.

Modular is great for bugs and birds. godzilla!
cptnal
I'm thinking about the end of Eno's The Great Pretender, which may have been his trusty EMS... hmmm.....
ranix
I like it when crickets chirp at 76 degrees fahrenheit

MindMachine
cptnal wrote:
I'm thinking about the end of Eno's The Great Pretender, which may have been his trusty EMS... hmmm.....


Absolutely EMS.
jorg
Something like AJH WaveSwarm could help you out here.
k_dada
I think about the similarity between insect drones and modular drones sometimes - the night insects in NC are loud. It even seems like there is an irregular LFO modulating them.

@ranix I think he might have played this at moogfest!
subbasshead
If its of use here is a cicada (NZ) played back at 1/8th speed
which reveals its rhythmic modulations

[s]https://soundcloud.com/timprebble/cicada-eighth-speed[/s]

and real speed:
[s]https://soundcloud.com/timprebble/cicada[/s]
umma gumma
I tried to install a microphone into a wasps nest, but I ended up running all over the yard & getting stung

I'll try again, when it's dark
chromakey
I love the idea, nature vibe drone n__n birds, crickets, rain, thunder. Two summers ago I was on a kick making field recordings and even reprocessing 'Environments: Dawn at New Hope, PA,' time dilating a high-res DSD recording of the LP. For synth sound design, Have you seen this thread? https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=146372&sid=83204e1bb 69babd241562af4e0df4268

Here's something I recorded with binaural mics worn in my ears, for inspiration: (night insects) https://freesound.org/people/chromakei/sounds/399865/

One more (bees in Aspen tree): https://freesound.org/people/chromakei/sounds/400393/
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