Bee strings

Sound installation

Duration: 10min

Bee strings explores the tiny, rapid movements of bee wings with layered recordings of bowed violin strings.


Natural Philosopher Robert Hooke proposed tuning violins to the sound of bees in order to grasp the frequency of their wingbeats. Following his logic, if we know the rate at which musical strings vibrate, we can infer that a bee sounding a G# beats it’s wings just over 200 times per second.


Arranged for 4 speakers installed in Greenhead Park bandstand, Huddersfield.

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