Cricket Transmissions

conceptual cut-up composition, 2009

released in Huellkurven Issue 5, 2016


liner notes:

"Cricket Transmissions" is a concept piece that was created for a compilation by the .microsound mailing list on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of William S. Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch" in 2009. In a lecture at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado on April 20, 1976, Burroughs explained "the origins and theory of the tape cut-ups", as the recording of part of that lecture is now known. I've taken an excerpt of said recording and instead of cutting it up in the time domain I first cut it up into ten frequency bands, omitting everything below 800 Hz. I then moved the bands out of sync with each other and cut out "transmission drop outs" here and there. No other processing was applied to the original file and all artefacts of the cutting process have been left in place. The sonic concept and title is of course a nod to the typewriter insects in David Cronenberg's movie adaptation of "Naked Lunch".