It’s pronounced BEE-own-ee. Bioni, whose real name is kept tightly secret is the British musician and beekeeper that has found an impressive method of combining the two things he loves the most; music and bees.
He records the frequencies of his bees and then uses them in his completely original electronic musical compostions. Bioni produces music that is highly abstract but is still very rhythmic and will make you want to put your dancing pants on.
Bioni however has bigger plans than making you get your groove on on the dance floor. His greater goal is to raise awareness about colony collapse disorder, which is a plague that has been killing honeybees since 2006.
Billions of bees are killed by this disorder annually, not including the bees that die due to pesticides or climate change. Bioni believes that through this musical process, it will help people better understand the importance of bees and what their extinction could also imply for the human race.
Bioni wanted to find a way of connecting with people on a deeper level with something that would get the attention of geeks and people who are passionate about computers and electronic music.
Every since Bioni was a child he was also interested in bees and discovered early on that bees had musical functions as well. He started to analyze and record the frequencies of his bees, for example the song that the queen bee would use to communicate with her hive.
It took him an entire decade to invent the Hive Synthesier that emulates bees sounds and uses honey as an electrical resistor.
Environmentally conscious galleries and festivals have featured his work. He performs in his traditional beekeeper’s suit and will often use a symbolic set up. One of which featured three oscillators which was set to represent the hierarchy of the hive; the workers, the drones and the queen.
Sometimes Bioni will use numerology to create his music by referring to data he collected and recorded in his beehive diaries. He explains that a tray can be place in a beehive with a graph pattern, which will then show how man Varroa mites may have fallen through the mesh onto a sheet of paper. He types in these numbers and creates music from it.
One of his biggest discovery’s is that honey could be used to limit electrical flow through a circuit. He used honey to change the sounds of his Hive Synthesizer, giving it an organic aspect.
His bee-ts are unique and impressive especially considering his methods.