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17-year Cicadas meet Telinga LSxx

Subject: 17-year Cicadas meet Telinga LSxx
From: "Ray Mansell" BCTess
Date: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:24 pm ((PDT))
The 17-year Cicada emergence is really at its peak here now, and the sound
is excruciating. I walked a mile or two around the preserve where I've been
seeing them (though they are spread over a much larger area), recording the
entire walk with a Telinga LSxx microphone connected to an Olympus LS10
recorder. Even with the recorder set at low gain, I had to turn the gain
control dial down to between 1 and 2 to avoid overload.

Later, I put the LSxx back into the parabola, and set out to (try to)
record individual animals - which wasn't really feasible considering the
sheer numbers involved. It was hard to avoid walking on them, and they
constantly landed on both me and the Telinga. I've posted a very short clip
which demonstrates the various clicks and buzzes these fascinating little
creatures make, and includes an individual landing on the mic and emitting
its sound - completely overwhelming the recorder. However, since the buzzes
are such staccato events, it doesn't sound so very out of place. **

As much as I'm enjoying these little guys, I have to say it will be nice
when the normal background sounds return.


"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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