Cricket 'choir' sounds like human voices

A 'choir of crickets' that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online.

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The music forms part of a 1992 song, Ballad of the Twisted Hair, written by Jim Wilson and David Carson. Despite being post on Soundcloud more than a year ago, the track is currently dividing opinion after re-surfacing online.

While many listeners have dismissed the track as a fake, others are identifying the two tracks of music that make up the audio: one of the original crickets, the other is slowed down and heavily enhanced with the help of a singer, Bonnie Jo Hunt.

Speaking in a radio interview with Hearing Voices, Hunt said: "Jim Wilson recorded crickets in his back yard, and he brought it into the studio and went ahead and lowered the pitch and lowered the pitch and lowered the pitch. And they sound exactly like a well-trained church choir to me. They were saying cricket words. I kept thinking, 'Oh, I almost can understand them. It's a nice, mellow tone.'"

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