Elevator Music 38:
Bioni Samp — Digital Beehive

Digital Beehive is an installation by British experimental sound artist and beekeeper Bioni Samp. As an electronic music producer and seasonal beekeeper, Samp has researched bees and bee frequencies, and performs and creates multimedia installations to raise awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecosystem. Digital Beehive is both an audio journey through the sounds and frequencies inside honey bee hives, and a visual journey through a non-linear history of beehives, featuring beehives around the world, Samp’s ‘Hive Synthesiser’ (an ever expanding, DIY modular synthesizer made from recycled electrical components), glimpses of Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of beekeepers, and more. Samp created the sound in Digital Beehive using several instruments that he made himself, including a Hive Synthesiser, Electronic Beesmoker, Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector, Baby Bee Synth, Hex Controller and Honey Viscosity Synth, Hive Tool Resonance Detector, and Allen & Heath mixer.

Bioni Samp has performed and exhibited at Gallery 101 and the National Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada; Harp Art Lab, Harplinge, Sweden; 16th Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland; FACT, Liverpool, UK; The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, UK; Sonic Dreams Festival, Waterford, Ireland; Primal Uproar 3 onboard the MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany; Piksel Festival, Bergen, Norway; and many others.

This installation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Like Sugar, on view at the Tang Teaching Museum February 9–June 23, 2019.

Exhibition Name
Elevator Music 38:
Bioni Samp — Digital Beehive
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Elevator Music Series
Jan 26, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
Digital Beehive is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, in conjunction with the artist.
Bioni Samp
Pattern by Atlan Arceo-Witzl ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.