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Shimmer

By Jim Wood on August 18, 2018 10:07 pm

Farewell to a hot Summer: synthesized insect soundscape. Random M4L LFOs controlling arpeggiator speeds. Varying tempo, centered on 102 bpm.

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August 20, 2018 8:24 am

Very cool soundscape, definitely evokes that insect vibe!

August 20, 2018 3:04 pm
LydiaPrimate wrote:

Very cool soundscape, definitely evokes that insect vibe!

Thanks! I don't know why so many people are anti-insect (except for those tiny ants that get into everything— but even those have to be admired for their enthusiasm).

August 20, 2018 4:17 pm

summer never has to end TT__TT this song will immortalize it heart

August 20, 2018 7:24 pm

I get a very strong sense of a swarm of insects during a late summer twilight.  I can see them flocking around the streetlamps as they turn on.

August 20, 2018 11:02 pm
daniarnica wrote:

summer never has to end TT__TT this song will immortalize it <3

CosmicCairns wrote:

I get a very strong sense of a swarm of insects during a late summer twilight.  I can see them flocking around the streetlamps as they turn on.

Well then, mission accomplished!

August 21, 2018 12:36 pm

I love the sound design here, although I have to raise my hand as one of those anti insect people! I have to admit that these ones sound very nice though heart

August 23, 2018 12:48 am

very nice!

August 23, 2018 12:53 am

i'm on the side of the summer noise makers - i'm gonna miss those guys:

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August 23, 2018 1:00 am
hieme wrote:

I love the sound design here, although I have to raise my hand as one of those anti insect people! I have to admit that these ones sound very nice though <3

kaedo sevaada wrote:

i'm on the side of the summer noise makers - i'm gonna miss those guys:

Well yeah, I'm not crazy about cockroaches (although the altitude seems to be a barrier for them here). But the crickets sometimes last to the beginning of November (chirping real l l l l ly slowly).

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August 23, 2018 1:09 am
Jim Wood wrote:
hieme wrote:

I love the sound design here, although I have to raise my hand as one of those anti insect people! I have to admit that these ones sound very nice though <3

kaedo sevaada wrote:

i'm on the side of the summer noise makers - i'm gonna miss those guys:

Well yeah, I'm not crazy about cockroaches (although the altitude seems to be a barrier for them here). But the crickets sometimes last to the beginning of November (chirping real l l l l ly slowly).

i actually thought that was a dancing cicada - ha!  also some people say this might be a hoax but did you hear this story about cricket sounds slowed way down? 

August 23, 2018 1:29 am
kaedo sevaada wrote:

i actually thought that was a dancing cicada - ha!  also some people say this might be a hoax but did you hear this story about cricket sounds slowed way down?

NPR link seems to be broken, but they had an interesting article on "insects in music."

August 23, 2018 2:12 am
Jim Wood wrote:
kaedo sevaada wrote:

i actually thought that was a dancing cicada - ha!  also some people say this might be a hoax but did you hear this story about cricket sounds slowed way down?

NPR link seems to be broken, but they had an interesting article on "insects in music."


i can't find the original link - i think it was on "hearing voices" - here's something about it on soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/acornavi/jim-wilson-crickets-audio

whatever the sound is it's cool

August 23, 2018 4:45 am

Certainly does evoke the sound of a swarm of insects. These insects sound a bit too swarm-like and unpredictable for us to be friends though. I don't mind insects as long as they keep to their area.

August 23, 2018 3:15 pm
kaedo sevaada wrote:

i can't find the original link - i think it was on "hearing voices" - here's something about it on soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/acornavi/jim-wilson-crickets-audio

whatever the sound is it's cool

Thanks! I also just discovered this free plug-in: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/reaktor-community/reaktor-user-library/entry/show/9213/

Might be fun.

August 23, 2018 4:09 pm
Jim Wood wrote:
kaedo sevaada wrote:

i can't find the original link - i think it was on "hearing voices" - here's something about it on soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/acornavi/jim-wilson-crickets-audio

whatever the sound is it's cool

Thanks! I also just discovered this free plug-in: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/reaktor-community/reaktor-user-library/entry/show/9213/

Might be fun.


so cool - i have yet to try plug in's - might be a good challenge for me one of these weeks!

August 23, 2018 8:51 pm

kind of terrifying!  I love the subtle melody and rhythm

August 24, 2018 2:20 am
mikememo wrote:

kind of terrifying!  I love the subtle melody and rhythm

Thanks! One person's tranquil is another person's...

August 24, 2018 4:02 pm

Robot bees! Like that one Black Mirror episode! This is so good!

August 24, 2018 11:39 pm

Freaky summer fun. I hear the insects ... and more ... much more...

August 25, 2018 7:03 am

Great trip! It´s organic and industrial at the same time... like something from the Forbidden Planet!

August 25, 2018 7:45 pm

Excellent soundscape, insects in the wild sounding like this would probably freak me out, but in the comfort of my headphones they're wonderful.

August 27, 2018 12:03 am

The tempo fluctuation nails the insect-like feel.  This sounds like everything I see when I leave the porch light on up in the Catskills.  Including the alien spaceships known to circle the area. I could see this as the sound of someone's eurorack evolving into a new insect lifeform. Very cool!

August 27, 2018 12:38 am
Guabágeuse wrote:

Robot bees! Like that one Black Mirror episode! This is so good!

miraclemiles wrote:

Freaky summer fun. I hear the insects ... and more ... much more...

Ashen Simian wrote:

Great trip! It´s organic and industrial at the same time... like something from the Forbidden Planet!

Glad you enjoyed the journey!

September 2, 2018 4:41 pm

I can just picture these electronic insects leaving intricate light trails and halos as they traverse the night sky, excellent blend of free flowing and rhythmic phrases heart

September 11, 2018 2:57 am

Oh man! I wanna try this too! Super nice sounds. I'll definitely try this! Sounds so grainy / granular.

September 11, 2018 8:52 pm

this is a little creepy, definitely evokes a gang of cicadas.

September 11, 2018 10:25 pm
Gab Manette wrote:

I can just picture these electronic insects leaving intricate light trails and halos as they traverse the night sky, excellent blend of free flowing and rhythmic phrases <3

??? wrote:

Oh man! I wanna try this too! Super nice sounds. I'll definitely try this! Sounds so grainy / granular.

orangedrink wrote:

this is a little creepy, definitely evokes a gang of cicadas.

Yes. We all remember the Insectoid Cultural Revolution and Mao's Little Green Book.

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