Here's the skinny:
We're creating a tangible vinyl album packaged in wax honeycomb.
Here's the long of it:
We're creating custom-made beehive boxes to house custom-made bee frames that will house a 12" record. We will then introduce 3 lbs of bees (roughly 10,000 bees) into each of the beehive boxes (10 boxes with 10 frames each). With any luck, the bees will take to building their brilliant hexagonal honeycomb structure on these uniquely devised frames. Once they have been sufficiently built up with honeycomb we'll remove the frames and have, dare I say, the most original album packaging ever.
We don't want to create an album that you throw away after you download it to your Eye-Pod. We want to make something people would be excited to own that would be worthy of hanging on the wall. Just check out these close-up photos of honeycomb ( http://tiny.cc/ms0jr ). ¡¿Isn't it gorgeous?! Well, imagine if that honeycomb was encasing a record made by your friends Seth & John, of the band Why I Must Be Careful. We're pretty sure it will be awarded, "Best Smelling Album of the Year"
Additionally, we would like to include a Braille booklet of all of the syllabic lyrics that the music of Why I Must Be Careful is based on. And I'll have you know, Braille publishing is extremely expensive. Which most likely means the blind don't have many options of books to read. We'd love to make our music fully accessible to the blind.
What the money will fund:
$830 for 10 "packages" of bees (3 lbs. or ~10,000) at $83 each.
$1,004 to publish 100 copies of Braille lyrics booklet
$400 to create vinyl master for pressing
$400 to press 100 vinyl records
Bee related info:
Right now, April through June, is prime season for honeybees to swarm.
A swarm is a wonder of nature and should not be feared. It is thousands of female worker bees and a single queen looking to find a new home. They are leaving behind a hive full of stores for the remaining bees and the new queen. This is how the honey bee species naturally proliferates itself. It is a selfless act of the original queen to build up her hive to overflowing and leave behind the whole of it to her offspring to succeed her as queen. However, there is a lot of negative attention when a beehive swarms. Understandably, a lot of people don't want a swarm to collect on their property. And in reality, if the hive doesn't find an appropriate hollow home, it may perish. There are not many dead trees with hollows in them anymore since the advent of tree services and culling dead trees in forests. So the best thing for a swarm is probably to be captured by a beekeeper who will provide a safe home for it. I hope we're all aware of the importance of the honeybee as a pollinator in our world. We can all be involved to help, whether that entails planting flowers for the bees to forage, buying local honey from sustainable beekeepers (commercial beekeeping has been the downfall of the species), or best of all, start keeping bees yourself. And if you have the luck to come across a swarm of bees, please don't call an exterminator! There are resources in every town to contact beekeepers. Search for your state's beekeeping association. They probably have a "swarm call list." Any beekeeper would be happy to come collect the swarm and place it in a healthy and productive home in their apiary. And if you're in Portland, please contact me with your swarm calls: (whyimustbecareful at gmail dot com) to help with this project! I think you'd be crazy not to be amazed by a swarm of honey bees. Just do an image-search for "honey bee swarm" and you'll see what I mean. Feel free to message with any questions on this topic, and by all means forward this info along to anyone who might appreciate it.
I hope this early spring has been lovely for you.