I’ve been working on a soundscape collection I’m going to call Insect Lullabies, featuring recordings that will lull you to sleep, at least when played at fairly low volume. One of my favorites is yet another jewel recorded by my buddy Ted Mack, this one made during our 2005 visit to Chaparral Wildlife Management Area in southern Texas (see Chaparral Concerto for a dawn chorus from the same location).
Ted’s nighttime soundscape features a rich chorus of insects offset by the distant howls and yips of coyotes. I also hear a few calls from a Groove-billed Ani early-on in the recording. About halfway through, a large insect flies right by the microphone. Ted and I had trouble with Kissing Bugs while at the refuge, so my guess is that the wing noise is from one of those obnoxious cone-nosed bloodsuckers that bit me all to heck that very same night . . . well, that’s another story . . . right now, just forget about those nasty bugs and enjoy the wonderful play of sounds:
Insects and Coyotes, 3 am, 21 May 2005, Chaparral WMA near Artesia Springs, Texas. Recorded by Ted Mack.
This recording, I believe, qualifies as a lullaby, but only if played at fairly low volume. I’m thinking about adjusting the loudness of the insects, pulling down the loudest crickets just a bit. What does everyone think? A thumbs up for the “lullaby” aspect, or do the insects overpower you here? Perhaps the near coyote is a bit too loud? Let me know what you think. If there’s a problem, I’ll massage it into shape!