BookshelfJacob deGroot-Maggetti

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise – David Rothenberg

Thoughts: I didn’t find this book’s thesis—that insect noises were a significant impetus and inspiration for musical expression, if I’m recalling it correctly—to be persuasively argued. In any case, Rothenberg’s enthusiasm about insect sounds shines through on every page.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering. Further, these notes are a more-or-less direct transcription of notes I wrote in a notebook years ago - I don’t fully understand why I wrote down some of the things I did, but presumably past Jacob thought present/future Jacob might benefit from tracking down and following up on some of the things mentioned.)

Rothenberg, David. 2013. Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. Picador.

Posted: May 21, 2023. Last updated: Aug 31, 2023.