Bee Pop – Prologue

by Team Tool Time

©Michael Dürr


We have been fascinated by bees forever. But what did we really know about them? Ok, there’s the stuff with the birds and the bees, we all love the yummy syrup known as honey and fear the bee’s sting. (Since we have all made first-hand acquaintance with it back then, barefoot in childhood days.)

It was late autumn 2011 when we first came up with the idea of connecting more closely with the life of the honey bee. We wanted to do some research, collect sounds on location in and around the hives. The aim was to produce an entire album based on field recordings.

With the help of a professional team of consulting beekeepers, scientists, technicians, photographers, video artists and a lot of helping hands, we managed to start our journey into a familiar and yet unknown universe: the one of her majesty the queen and her colony of bees…

Working on this acoustic expedition was exiting and fun. And enjoyed all the instructional experiences. They gave us a understanding of the honeybee as an essential insect, of nature system, and of the urgent need for taking responsibility and sustainability.

Hope you’re grooving to this recording and if you feel like it: just get into it! Bee-Pop-A-Lula! (Well, she’s the one that gots that beat / She’s the one with the flyin’ feet…)

Be well and be inspired!


T.T.T / Team Tool Time

Bee Pop by Team Tool Time | Album out on Konkord/Rough Trade
Making of by Gerald Schober/visualsuspects
Photography by Michael Dürr
MAK NITE Lab – Bee Pop Live

So fine / As if


Cover art: Manuela Mitterhuber

The Western world has a brief history of ecstasy. Affected through and through by a belief system that triggered off the industrial revolution, achievement and pleasure were perceived as opposite poles of time spent. Work meant the construction of order. Pleasure meant indulgence in disarray. Formulated in more precise terms by Calvinism, such assumptions opened the world for the industrial revolution and the almost religious accumulation of wealth an property.

Also at the dawn of the revolution of the cultural industry, the same paradigms can be found. Freeing Rock´n´Roll from the indulgent disarray of darker and more intimate urges, over-achievers such as the Beatles would turn music into work. Manufacturing order in any possible aspect, intuition was replaced by multi-track recording and improvisation became theory. — mehr —

Bee Pop – The album

Welcome to the Bienendisko!

Bee Pop - CD Cover

Graphic Design by Miriam Strobach, Colletiva Design

Bee-Pop-A-Lula, you’re my honey! Zwei Dirigenten und gut 100.000 Musiker – solch ein großes Orchester gab es wohl noch nie zuvor in der Geschichte des Field Recording. Die beiden Künstler Paul Divjak und Wolfgang Schlögl (aka I-Wolf) bilden zusammen das Team Tool Time, verpflichtet der angewandten Klangforschung an der Schnittstelle zwischen Alltag und Kunst. Für das erste Album des Teams wurde im Sommer 2012 der Lebensraum der Apis mellifera, also der westlichen Honigbiene besucht.

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Sciene Fiction Pocket Museum – The Guided Tour

Science Fiction Pocket Museum - CD Cover

Wir betreten das Museum. Die Musik setzt ein, die Schwerkraft aus. Wir heben ab. Es biept, es zirpt, es dröhnt: poetische Soundminiaturen öffnen Ambient-Klangräume und erzählen von möglichen Welten und der Begegnung mit fremden Wesen. Und hinter freischwebenden Planeten wächst der Orbit in unendliche Weiten. – Captain Kirk hat recht: „Beauty Survives“.

We are entering the museum. The music starts, and gravity stops. We are free floating. It beeps, it chirps, it drones: poetic sound miniatures open up ambient sound spaces, telling of possible worlds and encounters with alien beings. Behind free-floating planets, the orbit grows into the infinite. – Captain Kirk was right: “Beauty Survives”.

>Hall One: Adventures In Space 05:31
>Hall Two: First Contact Gone Wrong 04:57
>Hall Three: A Planet Astray 04:17
>Hall Four: Intergalactic Futures 06:03

Konkord (Original Release, 2016)
Spotify (The Guided Tour, 2020)

A big shout out to Hans Platzgumer for the joint travelling through sound & space!