1. Bugging Out on Insect Music

    The sounds insects make are abstract and arcane, but they form a distinguished mode of music for David Rothenberg, a self-styled specialist and creative connoisseur of the bug-borne arts.

    "There’s a barrier between people and insects because they’re so alien to us and people think they’re kind of yucky," Mr. Rothenberg said. "But people actually love insect sounds. If you listen, you realize how beautiful and structured the insect chorus is."


    "I just went to a 14-year-old’s birthday party and it was weird insect-noise dubstep music all night," he said. "They don’t know how much it has to do with cicadas—nobody does."

    The Wall Street Journal talks with David Rothenberg about his new book, “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise.

    Hear more from Rothenberg at 92Y on Jun 3 as the cicadas in the Northeastern United States emerge from their 17-year cycle.


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