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Re: silencing cicadas

Subject: Re: silencing cicadas
From: "Emanuele" lamacchiacosta
Date: Sun Jun 5, 2011 2:41 pm ((PDT))
On 05/06/2011 16:48, nikolas.valsamakis wrote:
> A friend of mine is working as a professional sound recordist for
> film, here in Greece.
> He asked me if there is a harmless way of silencing the cicadas during
> the film shot, which lasts usually no more than 1 to 3 minutes. Their
> vocalization is so loud that covers almost anything, including the
> dialog. A common practice of silencing the cicadas in the film
> industry here in Greece is: hitting the branches of the tree with long
> sticks, spraying water with a hose or throwing pressed air. This
> practice is not working very well since the cicadas after a while
> adapt to it and continue their otherwise beautiful singing :-).
> I know that all the people in this list love the cicadas and think of
> their vocalization as part of the environment. The question is if you
> know a practice that could make the cicadas stop singing for a while
> and that is harmless for them, the other species and the environment.
> What is the common practice in other countries?

None known in my italian experience, since the cicadas are "singing"
just to cool down themselves we should change the weather instead.
If just one in the area on a specific tree you can throw something
through the leaves and it will shut up for 5 to 30 seconds.
If more around you will spend the day running all around throwing things
at the trees.
I did it once years ago and for a while I've been called "er cicala" for
that reason.
Just minimise the cicadas singing the more you can and get a wild track
just after the shot.

Ah, yes, sure, you can kill them all as well. If you can find them. :-D


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