true bugs is the 2nd episode from Maayan Tsadka’s radio show “Prehistoric Harmony”; a radio show about musics, acoustics, ecology and cosmology, commissioned by Radio Halas.

true bugs is a collection of buzzing-rubbing-rattling-chirping sounds. From field recordings to folk songs, ethnographic records to acoustic and electronic compositions. Australian termites, Woodboring beetle larva chewing in black spruce trunk, Ligeti, David Dunn’s recordings of bark beetles, the 17-year periodical cicada (Magicicada septendecim), pre-columbian whistles, Bartok, early electronic piece by Ann Mcmillam and a sago beetle mouth harp from 1960s Papua New Guinea.

Maayan Tsadka is a composer, sound artist, improviser and teacher. At the root of all my works is an attempt to grasp some understanding about the nature of sound, its behaviours, acoustic ways of organization, and its environmental and social roles. I am interested in uncovering and amplifying layers and musical patterns—hidden, inherent structures— which occur acoustically, as well as in an exploration of the ways in which the sonic phenomena meet the physiology of the ear and the psychology of listening. My work often incorporates a dimension of imaginary and speculative sonic worlds, on the line between crypto-zoology, crypto-botany and futuristic folklore. Current fields of research and creative work include prehistoric harmony, sonic taxonomy, sound as a museal exhibit, field recording, and echo/resonance in musical, natural, political and social contexts. Completed a DMA in music composition from UC Santa Cruz in 2015 and currently resides in Haifa. Teaches at Haifa University and Sapir College. Research fellow at the Morris-Kahn Marine research station, Charney School of Marine Sciences, Haifa University. Co-artistic director/composer/performer at the Tel-Aviv based ensemble Musica Nova.

tracks list
1. Cyphoderris Monstrosa (Orthoptera: prophalangopsidae), male singing on lodgepole pine tree trunk. Recorded by John Acorn. Slowed down by 80%
2. La Cucaracha. Popurrí revolucionario
3. 5 short bugs recordings made by Richard Mankin. From the site “bug bytes”
a. Cotesia marginiventris (Braconid parasitoid callinging song)
b. Bactrocera tyroni (Queensland fruit fly calling song)
c. Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
d. Solenopsis invicta (Fire ant stridulation)
e. Drepanotermes (Australian termites, headbanging)
4. Didjeridu puller with rhythm sticks. From the album Tribal Music of Australia. 1949 folkways records.
5. Nyindi-Yindi Corroboree Group of Wadjiginy. From the album Tribal Music of Australia. 1949 folkways records.
6. John Acorn, an entomologist at the University of Alberta. These recordings accompany an article by Dr. Acorn called “Insects and the Soundscape,” which appears in the Winter 2015 issue of American Entomologist. The recordings:
a. Wood-boring beetle larva chewing in black spruce trunk
b. Various orthopterans singing in dry inter-dune grasses and shrubs
c. Cyphoderris monstrosa (Orthoptera: prophalangopsidae), male singing on lodgepole pine tree trunk
d. Circotettix Carlinianus (Orthoptera: Acrididae), male crepitating in flight, over badlands

e. Calliphorid flies on lamb’s quarter
7. Béla Bartók. Mikrokosmos - No. 142, From the Diary of a Fly . Piano: Kiyotsugu Arai
8. Double Flute, 2 x 2 Orifices (Colima) by Johre Daher. From the album Pre-Columbian Instruments of Mexico. 1972 smithsonian records
9. Periodical Cicadas Overrun the Forest | Planet Earth | BBC Earth (youtube conversion)
10. Same recording as 9, slowed down by 80%
11. Cicada in Malaysian rainforest. recorded in 1981-87 by Marina Roseman. From the album Dream Songs and Healing Sounds in the Rainforests of Malaysia, Smithsonian records 1995
12. György Ligeti. Continuum. Harpsichord – Antoinette Vischer
13. Dong Song - Song of Cicadas. The Dong ethnic group at Chinese New Year Eve’s CCTV Gala in 1994. YouTube conversion.
14. The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus Performs the Cicada Song. youtube conversion. Catalog No. CFV10568; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian

15. Josquin des Prez. El Grillo (The Cricket). Performed by Prophets of the perfect fifth.
16. Ann Mcmillan. Amber ‘75. from the album Gateway Summer Sound:Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds. folkways records, 1979
17. David Dunn. excerpt from the album the sound of light in trees. Earth Ear –ee0513, 2006.
18. A sago beetle mouth harp from 1960s Papua New Guinea. Recorded by robert Mcmillan. Wam tribesman, Sepik area, New Guinea. From BBC LP REC 68M, 1970 “John Peel’s Archive Things”
19. Call of the cicada (Utom kuleng helef) by Lendungen Simfal, Ihan Sibanay. From the album Utom: Summoning the Spirit. (music of the T’boli, a group of approximately 80,000 people living in small, scattered villages in the mountains and valleys of Southwestern Mindanao, Philippines). Mickey Hart Collection 1997.