‘Bee’ Mentioned: DJ Ecotone

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Nyx turning her face away to 1) ignore me because she hates me and 2) listen better to the sick beats of the big katz

Alright, it’s honestly not conceivable for me to review this choice because I’ve got nothing to compare it to – but I wanted to mention this artist and project and ‘review’ it in terms of my fascination with this work. So today on ‘Bee’ reviewed mentioned is DJ Ecotone (twitter).

Ben Mirin is awesome; self described, he’s a “Wildlife recordist + music producer = Wildlife DJ”. He travels the world, recording animals (and himself, beatboxing) in various habitats and then making some crazy, ephemeral (my words) jams. When I listen to them, even out of my terrible laptop speakers, I feel immersed in a different world. My favorite of the four Mirin has on his website is the ‘Great Barrier Reef’. I know a lot of wildlife music can sound like a meditation tape, but Mirin’s music goes way past that – it’s upbeat, with none of that generic ‘I’m a calling bird’ feeling, and it connects you with a number of different animal sounds. It asks you to listen and pick out the voices of nature, not forget the world and go into yourself.

Yeah, I think it’s a really neat project. So does the world – Mirin is the creator and host of Nat Geo Wild and National Geographic Kids WILD BEATS, is a Fellow at the Safina Center, and the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Bronx Zoo. According to his website bio, “As a professional DJ he creates custom wildlife shows for National Geographic Events, The Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, and various universities, scientific institutions, and nonprofits…[he] has been recognized with two grants from the National Geographic Society and previous art residencies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute”.

If that wasn’t enough to have on your plate, he’s also a volunteer bird guide and instructor at the NY Audubon Society, and a natural sounds recordist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and, before making music, he was a freelance science journalist for Slate.com, Smithsonian Magazine online, Scientific American Online, Audubon Magazine online, and other publications.

I’d definitely recommend you head over to his website, or soundcloud, and look into the music. It’s strange at first, as our encounters with the natural world in this day and age often are, but it’s also a rare communion with natural spaces we don’t generally have access to.

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