Bee Music - "Bee and Man" - What does 50,000 bees sound like?

If you haven’t heard music actually featuring bees before then here it is - I think this one is 40,000 bees:

And nope this is not a one off - “the band are getting back together” for 2017

In an announcement from Wolfgang Buttress:

Wolfgang Buttress curates a site specific performance at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 7th October 2017. Music ensemble BE will perform a unique soundscape that features the live-streamed sound of 50,000 bees from a hive within the Cathedral grounds alongside an inclusive choir developed specifically for the evening.

BE will perform their critically acclaimed album ONE; a constantly changing and evolving multi-sensory symphony - a dialogue between bee and human. An integral part of the performance will be hosted by a bespoke community choir engineered by the Pod’s Collective//Pod, an artist collective derived by members with lived experience of mental ill health. The Pod is Coventry City Council’s award winning mental health resource and creative hub.

Acclaimed perfumers Haeckels have created a bespoke site-specific scent for the evening, which is derived from local botanicals and the essential oils from a newly installed bee hive in the Cathedral.

BE is the collective name for the musicians who recorded the soundscape for Wolfgang Buttress’s multi-award-winning sculpture The Hive which is currently sited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Hive seeks to highlight the importance of the honey bee in our food chain and their plight as a species.

BE have created critically acclaimed sell-out performances at Glastonbury, Blue Dot, Caught by the River Thames, End of the Road festivals, St Mary’s Church in Nottingham and inside the Hive at Kew. Tim Jonze, The Guardian music editor, voted BE one of his top five gigs of last year. The soundscape ONE was voted as one of the best albums of 2016 by Rough Trade, The Guardian and The Quietus.

This event is part of Collective//Pod’s annual mental health arts festival Scratch the Surface - DIALOGUE and is supported by Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017

Performance starts: 7:30pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry , CV1 5AB

Tickets: £35 Premium (online booking fee applies) £25 Regular (online booking fee applies)

Tickets Available: online at (booking fee applies) or in person from Coventry Cathedral Gift Shop

BE play live at Coventry Cathedral, Saturday 7 October 2017.

An event: Saturday 7th October 2017 – Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Previously they actually held an event at “The Hive” at “Kew Gardens” where:

The Guardian listed the performance by BE in The Hive at Kew Gardens in their ‘Best Gigs of 2016’

And if you just want to know about individual bee sounds used there is some here:

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