Here’s the liner notes I wrote for my piece:
“Cricket Transmissions” is a concept piece composed 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”. I’ve taken an excerpt of the recorded lecture and instead of cutting it up in the time domain I 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. The title and sonic concept is of course a nod to the typewriter insects in David Cronenberg’s movie adaptation of “Naked Lunch”.
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