Over the past couple of weeks, the team at 344 audio have been editing and releasing some fantastic Cicada libraries, recorded by Brazilian Sound Designers: César Rodriguez Pulido & Guile Martins. A cicada is an insect found primarily in warmer countries. Some species of cicada are only found in Brazil, making these recordings particularly unique. In the mid-west of Brazil, in the heart of Cerrado, is where all of the recordings took place. There are a wide variety of species there, each one with its own tone, pitch and rhythm.
A cicada can live under the ground as a nymph for a very long time until it hatches during the dry season and starts to sing in polyphonic choirs. They can spend over ten years underground before rising to the surface. When they do arise, they often appear in the millions! For local listeners, the Cicadas sing to call the rain at the end of spring and represent the resilience and metamorphosis of the Cerrado itself. Due to the enormous amount of Cicadas, one can feel small and totally immersed inside a Cicada's choir; a truly magnificent experience.
Some cicadas only surface every 13 or 17 years, so to hear their singing is truly rare. It has been hypothesised that this odd cycle of years helps the cicadas avoid predators, as a predator population cycle may range up and down between 1-10 years, so they will never sync up with the irregular, prime numbers of the cicada cycle. While this theory hasn't been proven, it's certainly interesting to think about!
When we received these unique recordings, we knew that we could edit them to produce multiple libraries; perfect for ambiences. The final products will bring you various species captured in different acoustic spaces, such as valleys, forests and even an abandoned pottery kiln. We already have one pack available to purchase in our store and will have the final two packs released this Wednesday!
We hope you enjoyed learning about the rich Brazilian Savannah, and the Cicada's that inhabit it!
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