BIONI SAMP 4 PILGRIM AGE 2

FOR PILGRIM AGE SHOWCASE & PUBLICATION HIAS 2014 for VORSPIEL CTM BERLIN

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Bioni Samp – “Electronic Journey To Avebury” – 20 minutes, 2013

A remediation of a rare Super 8 film, A Journey to Avebury (1971), by acclaimed English film director Derek Jarman.

Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, located around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, UK. Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe and is one  of  the best known prehistoric sites in Britain. The ‘Journey To Avebury’ part of the title comes from a rare Super 8 film, A Journey to Avebury (1971), by the acclaimed English film director Derek Jarman (1942-1994), documenting a summer visit to the stone circles in the early 1970s. Electronic Journey To Avebury retreads this path forty years later, in winter. Through processed video and sonification of electromagnetic fields, it reveals a hidden message among the stones.

To make the video and audio for ‘Electronic Journey To Avebury’, I went to Avebury stone circles with my Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector (2012), Hive Tool Resonance Detector (2012) and video camera. I was hoping to hear something interesting. I was wondering if the stones were perhaps magnetic or had ley-lines between them which could be followed. Readings of electromagnetic radiation and transmitted resonance were recorded from and around the stones, forming part of the soundtrack. The soundtrack was then mixed with my Hive Synthesiser and other home-made instruments. My Hive Synthesiser attempts to create a symbiotic frequency relationship, like those between pollination and nectar exchanges, or between beekeeper and 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. Bee frequencies are created by modular oscillators sensing light. Electronic bees are carefully guided over the Hive Synthesiser interface to electronic flowers. Numerology of bees and beehive habitat patterns, hive logs and cycles are used as circuit starting points. Known for its calming effect upon the beehive colony, The Electronic Beesmoker acts as a modified breath controller.

The aim of this project was to learn more about bee frequencies and to create a work that would raise awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecosystem.

SOUNDS OF EFFECT

an evening for headspace on the last day of the health in the arts festival

join us for a final proposition of entering sound on thursday 27th from 8pm

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Bioni samp is a beekeeper and audio artist who will deploy his sonic bee frequency arrangements along instrumentally guided meditation sound of a sitar played by Dam Bau :

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Journey To The Centre OF The Beehive – Live A/V Sound Garden set by Zentric Bau
(Bioni Samp – Bee Frequency Electronics + Dam Bau on treated Sitar )

Bioni Samp and Dam Bau will be playing a live outdoor A/V set from their forthcoming album in the  garden of Anatum’s Abode

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Piano Drones live in the gallery exploration by Kiriakos Spirou, our current resident for HIAS

The project “Piano Drones” is a work in progress, exploring the potential of electroacoustic piano performance in creating drone soundscapes and lush auditory textures.

Technically speaking, the main characteristic of the piano sound is its attack, that is, how the hammers hit the strings inside the instrument. In “Piano drones” this attack is softened, simulating the indian tampura and electronic-based drone music. As an event, the performance of “Piano Drones” offers itself as a deep auditory experience, and an opportunity to meditate on the subtle details and fluctuations of the piano strings.

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During this event we will be screening visual works onto our shop front for a public to access from the street

Electronic Journey to Avebury‘  and ‘101 Telephathy’ as well as >video signal processing by Dam Bau

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contribution : 5 pounds

8 PM, 613 commercial rd E14 7NT

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