Journey to the Center of the Beehive


Bioni Samp remembers when his father used to scrape an inch of splattered bugs off his windshield after a drive via the English countryside. As the years glided by, the number of bugs on the identical drive appeared to dwindle.  

The collapse of insect populations, and particularly bees, has change into Samp’s life work, as the beekeeper has seemed to shine a highlight on the difficulty via music. 

Samp’s music blends recordings of bees buzzing and buzzing with digital music. Samp information bees utilizing a digital recorder hooked up to a particular body he made with microphones. He inserts this body right into a beehive for hours, after which returns the subsequent day to acquire the recorder and obtain the records data onto his pc. 

He has managed to isolate the sounds of totally different bees—queens, drones, and employees—utilizing frequency filtering software programs. He says that queen bees make an excessive pitched piping noise, employees do a delicate buzzing, and drones produce a good deeper sort of buzzing. Samp has constructed his synthesizers primarily based on these bee sounds.  

The result’s a wall of sound, which Samp hopes will make folks take into consideration their relationship with nature. The buzzing of bees can appear somewhat calming, however, Samp says he tries to channel their rage and agitation. 

“Bees can be relaxed and meditative, but they can also be very angry,” he tells Modern Farmer from his dwelling in London, UK. “Obviously at the moment, they’re very angry with humans.”

Samp began making his bee music in the 1990s and has since carried out at festivals throughout the world. When he performs, he wears beekeeping go well with. Some of his favorite gigs have been when he has carried out impromptu performances in the road, connecting instantly with folks strolling by. 

Samp hopes his music will get folks eager about the pure world and raises consciousness about the plight of bees. As pollinators, the well being of bees is inextricably linked to agriculture and the future of the planet. Samp says which you couldn’t pressure folks to all of the sudden change into eager about the pure world, however, if you happen to present them thrilling and fascinating examples, they could be impressed to be taught extra. 

“Quite a lot of people don’t even hear the bird in the tree outside over the din of television,” he says. “So most people are surprised in a way that the natural world has so many things to offer.”

Bioni Samp is a pseudonym the musician makes use of to conceal his id. He says his title is quite common in the UK, and that there are several DJs already utilizing it. He additionally wished to use a pseudonym as he didn’t need the focus to be on him and his persona. 

“I didn’t want people to know whether I was vegetarian or what kind of toothpaste I use or do I drive a car. I just thought that was all irrelevant to the bigger mission, which was to raise awareness about bees,” he says. 

“Everything else is secondary. Whether I like smoothies or not doesn’t matter.”

He selected Bioni, after the 17th-century Italian composer, Antonio Bioni. He additionally wished a reputation with “bee” in it. Samp is “sampler” shortened. 

Samp hasn’t been doing a lot throughout the lockdown, however, he nonetheless makes music most evenings. He says the pandemic has offered a chance for folks to reconnect with nature, and that there’s by no means been a greater time to get entangled in ecology, conservation, and self-sustainability. 

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