Tonehammer is a company that makes sample sets for musicians, and they’ve put together a complete musical piece made almost entirely out of bee sounds.
The video also shows you some of the steps they used to make the song. One of the pieces of software that made most of this possible is Paul’s Time Stretch (you can see it in action on a doalup modem sound here).
The bee produces about 200-230 wing flaps pr. second, which is enough to generate a nice, rich sounding buzz. We recorded a bunch of bee sounds and manipulated them through a variety of tools (including timefreezers, delays, filters, glitch modules etc). We then decided to add some more human elements to it (vocals, guitars, grooves etc) and wrapped it up by adding full symphony orchestra and choirs on it during the end.
Einstein once mentioned that the human race would have four years to live on earth if they bees were to disappear or die. While these little creatures can seem insignificant – they do make the world go around and they have a keystone role in the ecosystem. Get your buzz on!
If you’r einterested, you can download the entire bee sample set for free right here (14MB).