Man Composes Music With Cicadas

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If you think the buzz of cicadas is just background noise, one musician says you’re not listening closely.

David Rothenberg, 50, has played with many insects before, but he has waited a long time, 17 years in fact, to compose with the cicadas.

The Westport native, who now lives on Long Island, experiments with different sounds with the cicadas, including computerized melodies or notes he belts out on a clarinet.

“Their whole appearance is like a giant rhythm. It’s like the slowest beat in an animal world. They arrive every 17 years like whoomp, a regular beat 17 years later, boomp, again,” Rothenberg said.

Rothenberg has already produced an album with insects, including cicadas.  It’s aptly called “Bug Music.”

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