I’ve made some headway with my thesis focus and it looks like I’m moving forward with home insect farming. I recently learned about another project taking a stab at this, which helped me feel validated in moving this direction. It also allows me to bring in some of the poetic/creative explorations I really enjoy, but also not lose sight of the social good side of things by (hopefully) empowering people to create their own food sustenance systems.
For the first iteration I wanted to go wide and look into what some of the other assets of crickets could be, beyond using them as just food, and decided to focus on their music making capabilities.
To that end, I created a quick mock up of a cricket home shaped like a gramophone. The goal was to be able to manipulate the naturally occurring musical sounds of crickets to create an enjoyable environment for the home cricket farmer. I was inspired by the song ‘Twisted Hair’ by Robbie Robertson (from The Band), that layers slowed down recordings of crickets with recordings in real time. The slowed down layers sound like a choir singing, making it a poetic reflection on our relationship to these tiny little beings. Right now it’s really not much, more thought than action but it was nice to start experimenting and building physical models.