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God's Chorus of Crickets

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The sound you hear on this recording began as an actual live recording of crickets singing in the night. "I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something very mystic and complex........almost human." - Jim Wilson All of nature sings in Praise. An extraordinary sound "like a symphony of angels!"

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ishaya Foundation
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • ASIN: 1932192077
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By TBenj on November 23, 2013
The original recording dates back to a CD released in 1992 by Jim Wilson called God's Cricket Chorus, portions of which ended up in a song from the same year called Ballad of the Twisted Hair, which Wilson produced.

Opera singer Bonnie Jo Hunt was approached by Robbie Robertson and Jim Wilson to add some human accompaniment to the stunning chorus Wilson had discovered when he'd slowed the sounds down and lowered the pitch. A strange request, but this was Hunt's reaction to hearing the original recording, reflecting much of the enthusiasm seen in the comments.

As she explained to Alex Chadwick of Hearing Voices back in 2004:

I had these messages saying that Robbie Robertson said to get in touch with me. So we went in studio. He said, `I want you to do whatever you feel like. And, now, these are crickets.' So I thought, oh, my goodness. I'm to accompany crickets, see?

And when I heard them, I was so ashamed of myself, I was so humbled, because I had not given them enough respect. Jim Wilson recorded crickets in his back yard, and he brought it into the studio and went ahead and lowered the pitch and lowered the pitch and lowered the pitch. And they sound exactly like a well-trained church choir to me. And not only that, but it sounded to me like they were singing in the eight-tone scale. And so what-they started low, and then there was something like I would call, in musical terms, an interlude; and then another chorus part; and then an interval and another chorus. They kept going higher and higher.

They were saying cricket words. I kept thinking, `Oh, I almost can understand them. It's a nice, mellow tone. And they never went off pitch until one of the interludes, where they went real crazy and they got back on again to where they were. And I know that people do not know that they're listening to crickets unless they're told that that's what that is...

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By E. Bennett on November 23, 2013
Questionable (at best)sound engineering jargon in the first review aside, there is absolutely NO reason to think this fake. The song "Twisted Hair" IS CREDITED to Jim Wilson on the Robbie Robertson album "Red Road Ensemble." Jim Wilson & David Carson did this recording of the crickets in 1992.
The crickets are the background for Robertson & Bonnie Jo Hunt on the RRE album, released in 1994 - TWO YEARS later.
Please do your math & research before dumping on someone's really quite remarkable discovery.
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful By TrumpilyBumpily on November 23, 2013
It seems to me that some people think all that has been done to the recording is that it's slowed down. I don't think it's so simple. The composer probably layered and worked with the sounds in such a way that it sounds like music.

I have some software that can do this. For reference, HERE is what crickets sound like slowed down to the approximate range of human voice, with no layering or other effects.

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I rated it three stars because I don't know if the composer is marketing it like it's literally just the sound slowed down. If so he can hardly call himself a composer, or musician of any kind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elga konietzny on January 7, 2014
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it sounds like Angels singing.the Energy created is so high that one can feel it in the Body.
just beautiful.calming.very good for Meditation
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By zadie2 on November 7, 2011
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Not the one I wanted. I didn't want the first track at all. The 2nd had the background live cricket sound too loud. I finally found the original cd from Raven. (God's Cricket Chorus). Order of magnitude better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By juddee' on January 16, 2014
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A spellbinding, mesmerizing sound of God's creatures. I wonder if you slow down the sound of other creatures voices if they also sound like angelic choirs. Worth every penny!
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By j michael rowland on November 25, 2013
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The reason so many people think this is remarkable is because it's represented as a natural phenomenon: a recording of crickets that has simply been slowed down or time-stretched to reveal what it "really" sounds like, relative to the lifespan of a cricket.

That is NOT what this recording is.

The "melody" that seemingly emerges, and the "angelic" harmonies are a fabrication by the recording engineer, similar to what you could get with a toy sampling keyboard. If you doubt this, listen to the recording of actual crickets provided by another reviewer ("TrumpilyBumpily") and posted here on November 23, 2013. Or record some crickets and slow down the recording, yourself. Which I did. The result is interesting, but it's about as musical as a circular saw. (After all, the physical mechanism is similar; a cricket "sings" by rubbing a ridge of comblike teeth along the edge of its wing.)

Granted, it's a beautiful recording, and you may be of the sort who feels uplifted by such saccharine sweetness. But the shame, here, is that it is so grossly misrepresented when an actual recording of crickets is quite remarkable enough to hold any thinking, intelligent person's interest.

If you have purchased this recording thinking that you are going to hear a remarkable revelation of the natural world, you have been misled. I'll leave it to readers (or listeners) to decide for themselves whether the misrepresentation is deliberate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hardison on January 23, 2014
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This is pretty much what I thought it would be, which was pretty cool. I've read some of the debunky stuff about it that suggests other instruments have been layered into it, but I have some experience with music recording, sound effects and etc. and it sounded to me pretty much as described--the singing of crickets slowed down--which I found both moving and eerie. My twelve-year-old said it sounded depressing to her, but it was uplifting to me.
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