20:00 UTC+1 on 19 June 2021
Sonic Electronics — Back to the venue
Brood X, Patapsco, Maryland — live stream by Zach Poff
Subject to change
Every 17 years, Brood X cicada nymphs tunnel upwards en masse to emerge from the surface of the ground. The insects then shed their exoskeletons on trees and other surfaces, thus becoming adults. The mature cicadas fly, mate, lay eggs in twigs, and then die within several weeks. The combination of the insects' long underground life, their nearly simultaneous emergence from the ground in vast numbers and their short period of adulthood allows the brood to survive even massive predation.
Brood X is endemic in Indiana, southeastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, East Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, DC, and other areas throughout the eastern United States. The brood contains three species, Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassinii and Magicicada septendecula, that congregate on different trees and have different songs.
Brood X, the Great Eastern Brood Wikipedia accessed 18/06/21
Zach Poff is an artist, technologist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work includes Pond Station, a floating off—grid platform streaming live sounds from Wave Farm in Acra, NY. Projects, documentation, DIY resources available at zachpoff.com.
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