The soundscape for the UK Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015 is due to be released as album 'ONE' under the Rivertones record label on the 12th February 2016.
ONE is an album created by musical collective BE, which consists of an adapted version of the UK Pavilion soundscape. The original concept was to create a soundscape activated by live-streamed signals from a beehive in Nottingham. These signals triggered noise gates at particular thresholds, activating harmonious stems from a pre-recorded library. To create this library, a live feed of beehive sounds was played while musicians improvised an accompaniment in the key of D. These recordings formed a framework for the main tracks. This resulted in a constantly changing and evolving symphony - a dialogue between bee and human. The initial aim was to produce a soundscape for the UK Pavilion, but the project progressed and took on a life of its own, leading to the creation of a full album, BE•ONE.
The album will tour with the musicians starting with opening performances; live at the Nottingham Arts Theatre in association with Notts TV on the 18th and 19th of February 2016.
Percussion, piano: Kev Bales
Sounds and vibrations: UK honey bees
Cello: Deirdre Bencsik
Voice: Camille Buttress
Percussion: Wolfgang Buttress
Electronics, guitar, melodica: John Coxon
Guitars, piano, mellotron: Doggen Foster
Guitar: Rob Howard
Auto harp, harmonica, guitar: Jason Spaceman
Harmonium, Indian drone box: Youth
All music: Bales, Bencsik, Buttress, Buttress, Foster, UK honey bees
Arranged: Bales, Buttress, Foster
Words: Camille Buttress
Artist: Wolfgang Buttress
Scientific advisor/accelerometer data: Dr. Martin Bencsik
Production and recording: T. Foster and K. Bales
Sound design/hardware consultant in the UK Pavilion: Mike Bedford (Hoare Lea)
Technical producer/programmer: Robin Whittaker