Graeme Revell ‎– The Insect Musicians

Musique Brut ‎– BRU 001
Vinyl, LP

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Includes a 12 pages A4 booklet about insect sounds and sampling technologies used for the recordings.
Thanks to the BBC and the British Wildlife Sounds for recordings.

Created from:
A1 - Indonesian cicada, meadow grasshopper, Death's Head hawkmoth, African cicada.
A2 - Tse tse fly, giant woodwasp, Bog Bush cricket, rufous grasshopper, wood cricket.
A3 - Gnats (courtship swarm), hawkmoth, hornet, Oakleaf miner, giant woodwasp.
A4 - Screech beetle, African cicada, field cricket, wood boring beetle, conehead grasshopper, hive bees (worker & disturbed swarm).
A5 - red wasp, Indian cicada, field cricket.
B1 - house cricket, European cicada, wood boring beetle, African cicada, hornet, queen bee (laying).
B2 - field cricket, wood cricket, Indonesian cicada, Deathwatch beetle, Death's Head hawkmoth.
B3 - drone fly, field cricket, Australian cicada, queen bee.
B4 - hive bees (disturbed), wood boring beetle, queen bee, European cicada, Death's Head hawkmoth.
B5 - hive bees, house cricket, queen bee, Oakleaf miner, worker bee.

Text and design for Musique Brut, 1986.
Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): BRU-001-A W LYN-19376-2TH A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): BRU-001-B¹ [1 lying] MT. DAMONT TOWNHOUSE


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March 25, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

It's one of my favourite albums. Strange, sad and beautiful melodies over mysterious harmonic soundscapes and sometimes simple bass riffs, spiced up with sampled sounds of insects.

According to some of small bits of information from internet searches, this music was entirely composed from insect samples.. This is just a guess-work - can be true as well as wrong. If Graeme Revell himself poured some light on this.