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Maestro-multi-instrumentalist David Coulter improvises on the musical saw to "God's Chorus of Crickets", a field recording by Jim Wilson. Recorded live at Richard Strange's A Mighty Big If.
Wilson, describing the recording, said, "I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something very mystic and complex ... almost human".
Tom Waits referenced this piece in a 2008 NPR interview as the most interesting recording he owned. He said, "it's a mysteriously beautiful recording from, I am told, Robbie Robertson's label. It's of crickets. The first time I heard it ... I swore I was listening to the Vienna Boys Choir, or the Mormon Tabernacle choir. It has a four-part harmony. It is a swaying choral panorama. Then a voice comes in on the tape and says, "What you are listening to is the sound of crickets. The only thing that has been manipulated is that they slowed down the tape." No effects have been added of any kind, except that they changed the speed of the tape. The sound is so haunting. I played it for Charlie Musselwhite, and he looked at me as if I pulled a Leprechaun out of my pocket."
David Coulter works throughout the world as a musician, director, curator, consultant and educator.
He is a musical and artistic director of large-scale music and theatre events for Artangel, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The Sage, Gateshead, Les Nuits de Fourviere in Lyon, and La Salle Pleyel in Paris.
He composes for dance, theatre, cinema, television and radio.
He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost musical saw players.
He was Associate Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist in the opera The Black Rider, working alongside Tom Waits and Robert Wilson.
He was Damon Albarn's Music Supervisor for the Gorillaz Opera, Monkey: Journey to the West.
He was Yoko Ono's Musical Director for Double Fantasy Live at Meltdown 2013.
In the 80s, he played and recorded with Test Dept and The Band of Holy Joy.
In the 90s, he played mandolin and fiddle with The Pogues.
Since 2000, as an in demand multi-instrumentalist, he has been recording, performing and touring with artists as diverse as Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Beck, Hal Willner, Marianne Faithfull, The Handsome Family, Richard Hawley, Marc Ribot, Steve Nieve, Tim Robbins, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz, Patrick Wolf.
He has played the didgeridoo at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on a number of official occasions and also in concert with the Kronos Quartet.
He has served time as a guest member of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
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