Bug Music

Bug Music

How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

Book - 2013
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In listening to cicadas, as well as other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects, Rothenberg considers the radical notion that we humans got our idea of rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the world of insect sounds that surrounded our species over the millions of years over which we evolved. He explores insect influences in classical and modern music, plays his saxophone with crickets and other insects, and confers with researchers and scientists nationwide, making a passionate case for the interconnectedness of species.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250005212
Characteristics: 278 pages : ilustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 24, 2018

The bugs are fascinating, the author's thoughts the origins of music less so.

JCLBryanV Mar 07, 2017

David Rothenberg's "Bug Music" is a highly readable and eccentric investigation into an aspect of nature too easily taken for granted. There is a philosophical nature to Rothenberg’s writing--he is a professor of both music and philosophy—but don’t let that scare you. He stays grounded in the science of natural musicality. Delving deeply into the sounds of cicadas, crickets and katydids, Rothenberg is not afraid to suddenly go big-picture on his readers. "Bug Music" is ultimately a lot of fun and if you don’t share Rothenberg’s enthusiasm for the intricate connections between bug sounds and human music, you will by the end.


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