bkeepr1 – ZOO-M-EARTH Lockdown pressure cooker. Covid diary days begin with home excercise. Followed by home cooking. Bioni’s slow burner Haggis mix. Birds in the trees. The parallel world of bees. Missing the bees. Wild earth animals missing. Face masks in the communal space. I put honey in the home recipies. RIP streetcatbob. Tele-communication. Video phone home. Group chat. Clear skies. Clear air. Clear roads. Group bee stream. How are these days bothering you? Dancing with my self on video conferencing.
bkeepr1 aka bioni samp – ZOO – M – EARTH – A series of conversations with nature….
LESS: As an artist I have had to start again. bkeepr1 is a new alias for Bioni Samp in the CV age. Due to my health conditions I’m deemed vunerable to CV infections, so in the UK, I’m ‘on lockdown inside’ for a initial 12 weeks. This is my live performance, ‘diary’ of how I escaped mentally by going into the past by editing my old video and audio memories of ‘the outside’. Videos of being in remote nature spaces.
MORE: While I was editing these memories. I started to hear birds in the trees, my for the first time ever outside my London home. I also noticed that I did’nt have to take my asthma inhauler as soon as I got up. Or smell the sooty pollution coming in the open window every morning. Bees and other insects would fly in unexpectedly, not scared away by traffic noise. Nature it seemed was having a holiday in urban spaces. I discovered that it was happening all over the world due to CV. Nature it seemed was getting a pause on human encrochment. Or so i thought. But now I hear CV is being used to cover up deforestisation and resource extraction (mining) in protected areas all over the world. This is also my live performance, ‘diary’ of how I came back down to earth (after watching two ‘Super Moons’ during Lockdown). I’ve incorporate these changes into my videos and added this too. This live performance was to be streamed live but was pre-recorded due to personal reasons. Enjoy… Shown on the Main Stage at Stadwerkstatt at 11pm – Midnight.
Bioni Samp played the following instruments: Hive Synthesiser (6 oscillator prototype) Baby Bee Synth, The Bela Bee (with partial / samples taken from field recordings from two beehives) Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector, Electronic Beesmoker, Single Cell Synth, Hex Mixer, Ableton Max For Live, Beequencer, Honey Taster Resonance Detector, Beehive Field Recordings. + My whole home studio…
Notes: In this recording the ‘Bioni Samp – Log Hive Synthesiser / Bee Canon 2020’ is modified from a synthesier which was made during an artist resdidency onboard the Eleneora, Linz harbour. Also contains field recordings and underwater recordings made around Linz harbour. During Bioni Samp BEE FREQUENCY FARMING Residency: Stadwerkstatt infoDETOX MS Eleonore, Linz Austria 2015. https://bionisamp.wordpress.com/insta… All music by Bioni Samp (c)
Hive Synthesiser (6 oscillator prototype) Baby Bee Synth, The Bela Bee (with partial / samples taken from field recordings from two beehives) Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector, Electronic Beesmoker, Single Cell Synth, Hex Mixer, Ableton Max For Live, Beequencer, Honey Taster Resonance Detector, Beehive Field Recordings.
All music by Bioni Samp (c)
Special Thanks to… Video Credits: ZoominTV Holland.
Bioni Samp played the following instruments:
Hive Synthesiser (6 oscillator prototype) Baby Bee Synth, The Bela Bee (with partial / samples taken from field recordings from two beehives) Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector, Electronic Beesmoker, Single Cell Synth, Hex Mixer, Ableton Max For Live, Beequencer, Honey Taster Resonance Detector, Beehive Field Recordings,Special Thanks to Alex and the SMF2019 team too for great technical support. And good times in Berlin with the SMF crew & Ableton users group.
Supported by: Ministarstvo kulture RH, Zaklada Kultura nova
MKC, Ulica slobode 28, Split
The referential framework of the exhibition Sounding DIYrelies on the so-called DIY culture (Do it Yourself), which emerged from the 1970’s as a reaction of the technological deployment. With influences of the underground vanguard movements, the handmade culture currently sets as an exponent of what is the free knowledge culture, read the open source and movements such as hacker and maker. The results of these practices involve an interdisciplinary connection between art, science, and technology that improves the creative aspects of contemporary cultural production. Moreover, sound art practices enrich the interconnection with music and engineering.
The exhibition pretends to highlight the DIY practices in front of the capitalist industry. Thus, represents an important change in the prototyping of musical instruments and sound objects that have effectively set as a primary creative impulse in our century. Sounding DIY works with artists in the field of handmade culture and promotes the efficiency of the results attained, either aesthetically and ideologically. Our goal is to highlight artistic creation through the development of new technologies and craftsmanship. Finally, Sounding DIY. fosters a community of tool developers and creative practitioners interested in supporting and understanding deep and sustained creative practice with technological tools.
Bioni Samp translates bee behaviors and sounds into electronic music to help raise awareness of the ecological issues threatening them. Electronic Beesmoker Hive Synthesiser is a found object (Beesmoker) with internal home-made ‘Hive Synthesiser’. An updated version of 2009 version which originally acted as a modified breathe controller for MaxMSP patches. Now includes hardware home-made ‘Bee’ synth with 3 oscillators, emulating bees. In each honey bee colony there are three types of bee: drone, worker and queen bees. Each of these have their own individual frequencies in the following ranges: low – 200 Hz or less, mid – 200-400 Hz, and high – 400+ Hz, just like the earth has its own special frequency of approximately 9 Hz. The oscillators are capped roughly within these ranges.