Hive Synthesis. The idea is to creates an audio journey which explores
the sounds and frequencies inside the honey bee’s home the beehive.
Hive Synthesis attempts to create a symbiotic frequency relationship,
like pollination and nectar exchanges, beekeeper and bees.
I was inspired to learn more about bee frequencies and create a work
that raised awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecology system.
In each honey bee colony there are three types of bee. The drone,
worker and queen bees, each of these have their own individual
frequencies in the ranges of; 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.
As a electronic music producer and seasonal beekeeper. I was inspired
to learn more about bee frequencies and make a creative work that
incorporated these bee frequencies in the hope of raising awareness
about bees and their increasingly fragile ecology system. There are
many interesting facts about bee frequencies. For example… the same
high frequencies the Queen uses, are also used in Genetic Engineering
to splice DNA together.
Hive Synthesis aims to create a immersive sound environment from the
listening perspective of each of the three types of bee, using a mixture of
binaural recordings taken from inside a real beehive and synthesised frequencies
using home made instruments, Hive Synthesiser, Electronic Beesmoker,
Binaural Beeframe, Honey Viscosity Synth, Beequencer.
Bioni Samp – Hive Synthesis – ‘Digital Beehive’ – Installation, 2013.
Is a single screen video and audio piece, which requires a large flat screen monitor,
to be positioned ‘portrait’ at floor height, with stereo speakers each side of the screen
(can be headphone only, listening if difficult to isolate sound in gallery).