The Bounty of the Cricket (MP3)

A field recording by Floridian Phillip Wilkerson

The moon is gibbous. We know this because Phillip Wilkerson tells us so. He tells us in the process of titling an elegant, two-and-a-half-minute recording he made of droning crickets. The track is “Crickets Beneath a Waxing Gibbous Moon,” and it is one of Wilkerson’s ongoing and regular documents of his physical world, or more to the point the sonic components of that physical space. As with any sonic document, it is a part of a whole: the mechanical ear of the recording device focused on an aspect of a moment, that framing moment defined by the ear of the recording artist. Here the crickets are a chorus in the form of a cycle, these bright, microsonic chirps heard both as near-distance percussion and, in dense combination, a deep, far away, underlying drone. The illusion is to perceive this as either/or, when in fact there is, of course, a gradation in between, one that is difficult to locate, but well worth focusing on.

Track originally posted for free download at More from Wilkerson, who is based in Florida, at and Image of moon phases courtesy of

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