Dear Alan

thank you Alan, I am glad that the pieces seem to give a sense of intimacy. The sound material is mostly from the inside of the hives, recorded while thousands of these creatures are working, communicating and somehow reacting to the mics (they destroyed the foam). 

The squiggly players weren't intended to indicate bee tracking in the first place, although... - initially, they were meant to just not look like online audio-players :-)


Message: 3
Date: Mon, 6 May 2019 10:33:51 -0400
From: Alan Sondheim <>
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Melissa bee_scapes / new online sound piece

This is really wonderful, there's an uncanny sense of intimacy with the
bees and the 'squiggles' appear like bee tracking?
l love the quietude of the piece, the murmuring -

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 5:27 AM Jorn Ebner <> wrote:

Dear List

I wanted to share with you my new online soundpiece called Melissa, which
I was able to develop during an artists' residency in Krems (Austria) in
April. Its consists mostly of bee_scapes plus a few human_scapes, recorded
in the area. These longer sound pieces are accompanied by incidental
sounds, not all related to animals. The bee_scapes material came from
inside and outside hives owned by a local beekeeper who also runs
workshops, etc. in town.

Ever since I started my research some time last year, I became aware that
bees, beekeeping, etc. are both fashionable (urban bee keepers) and
symbolic for the ecological desaster that we bring upon the planet. But it
also goes beyond the obvious: there are hidden cultural practices dotted
across the planet that go back centuries. It is amazing that we know a lot
about the animals and at the same time we know very little.

The piece consists of a collection of 36 audio players. Some are bits of
story telling included in the source code, as the poetry is meant to be
purely audio-visual.

All the best


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