it was early Autumn 2015 and, while wandering around campus trying to figure out what sort of animals i could & would be invested to find, i started to notice a quiet, ever-present.. . presence.. . .
crickets! crickets chirping away everywhere!!!
once i tuned in they were absolutely all over the place, though visually evasive their songs saturated the area. this was before i had a smartphone so on Sep 15 2015 i set out with my little Sansa clip-on mp3 player and the following parameters: for the entire day, while i'm on the university campus, anytime i hear a cricket chirping, stop what i'm doing to record a 15-20sec audio clip. lemme tell you a thing when i say i heard crickets E V E R Y W H E R E. on the sidewalk, on the grass, outside buildings, inside buildings, in parking lots, walking between classes, walking to my car, eating lunch, whew... needless to say i got a lot of raw data and i was excited. now i need to also mention that i got the smart idea to quickly snap a photo on my ancient phone of each recording site which would come in handy later
I have some audio clips, i have some photos, what do i do with them?? honestly cannot remember how i decided to package them as a set of "songs" on an album but i guess it just seemed like it made sense to me? people like natural ambience, people seek out natural ambience, ocean waves, bird calls, whale songs, raindrops falling, sleep-machine-aesthetic-for-the-urban-weary-citizen. I didn't do any fine-tuning of the clips because the campus background noise put them into the whole BioPresence context. instead i used Audacity to loop the clips so they lasted between two - four minutes—an "average" song length, with a soft fade-out at the end. to give it the full album experience each track had its own title & artist, just goofy bug puns lol not much more to elaborate
OH and since i had photos from each recording site, bam! embedded as the cover art!!
the final piece of this puzzle was putting it all on.. .. ... . . the world wide web dot com. each of us Internet Artists had purchased a cheapie domain so we could code & host our stuff throughout the semester. now with this being our final project, my page needed to be spruced UP. This is innanet ART!!! more content!!!!!
what do i need to really sell these bugs.. .. how do i give them life beyond the boundaries of animal noises disguised as a produced album? ah yes. advertising, boyos. annoying, self-aware, crispy crunchy advertising. I would never want to present this project without them tbh
I coded it all by hand by jove!!
... HOWEVER, because the internet is forever, Cricket Songs endures on its own social media pages, uploaded conveniently to already existing digital infrastructure; our professor very insistent* that the work could survive long after our course-mandated domains expired
* and she was right!
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