Each evening as the sun begins its descent the piercing sound of cicadas fills the night air. It is a sonic reminder that summer is on its way.
Mostly silent throughout the day this species of cicada can make the transition to night a painful experience, especially as we move closer to summer. Their ability to hold a single high-pitched note for hours has been known to cause hearing loss, high-blood pressure and psychological strain.
This clip captures the moment when the last wave of cicadas reaches its conclusion for the evening; their voices less shrill than hours before. As they begin to fade the cane toads begin their nightly chorus, providing a welcome contrast to the sound preceding them.
3 thoughts on “As the Sun Sets – 5’00””
Gosh! How far are these sounds from the street sound of Paris! I love these sounds. You are so lucky to have such a rich environment to record. I enjoyed this so much I’ve Scooped it.
I’m pleased that it has ended up at you new site, you’re doing a beautiful job with it.
At the moment these evening sounds are quite seductive, but last year as the heat increased so did their volume. I must admit that I’m dreading the seemingly endless crescendo of this “flatline” sound this year, but that’s the price you pay for living amongst all the critters I guess.