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David Rothenberg explains how insects gave us rhythm and noise

August 5, 2013

Many of us are enjoying these summer nights enhanced by a chorus of cicadas, katydids and crickets. Our guest, philosopher and musician DAVID ROTHENBERG, believes that insects’ humming, clicking, thrumming have influenced human ideas about rhythm, synchronization and dance. He’s a professor of philosopher and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has played his saxophone with an orchestra of cicadas. An author of books about whale and bird song, we’ll discuss Rothenberg’s latest inter-species musical collaboration as we discuss his new work, “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise.”

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