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Graeme RevellThe Insect Musicians

Label:Musique Brut – BRU 001
Format:
Vinyl, LP
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Experimental

Tracklist

Alpha
A1Nocturne (On An Oriental Theme)
A2The Sleeping Sickness
A3Melancholia
A4La Danse Des Ténèbres = Dance Of Shadows
A5Variation On The 'Sakura' (Japanese Traditional)
Beta
B1Nature Morte = Still Life
B2Balinese Twilights
B3Phobia (An Australian Theme)
B4Invaders Of The Heart
B5Et Spiritus Sanctus
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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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Matvey_Andreyev
Edited 16 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.