New book by Whalesong Board Member David Rothenberg

We just wanted to let you know that “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise” by philosopher and musician David Rothenberg, is on sale now! In looking at cicadas, as well as other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects, Bug Music is the first book to consider the radical notion that we humans learned rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the panoply of insect sounds that has surrounded us for millions of years. Publishers Weekly raves, “The author’s wide-ranging musical interests…together with his playful, almost romantic approach to the subject helps engage general readers.

Rothenberg provides in-depth research and writing on the relationship between human and animal music as he interviews researchers and scientists, explores the exotic insect markets of Shanghai, and plays his saxophone as an accompaniment to an orchestra of crickets. Kirkus says “adventurous audiophiles will catch Rothenberg’s bug for insect-music appreciation.”