Björk Unveils Biophillia
Björk is hard to define, with her finger in the pie of various different entertainment suites.One might even go so far as to say that she is the original Lady Gaga, but without mainstream appeal (and even then, one might only have a shallow understanding of what compromises the enigma that is Björk).
Her latest project, Biophillia, is no different, and marks the most ambitious and interdisciplinary undertaking that the artist has ever tackled.
Biophilia is a multi-media project, comprising of a studio album, smartphone apps, a new website, custom-made musical instruments, live shows and educational workshops.
The collaboration with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians and instrument makers has been done in order to create a multimedia exploration of the cosmic forces of the universe, with a particular focus on where music, nature and technology meet.
Forerunner single Crystalline is available from iTunes now, with the remainder of the ten track album due for digital and physical release in September of this year- and also, with a stripped down version available within her smartphone applications.
Speaking of which, Björk will also release ten smartphone applications, one for each song, that will be available via a ‘mother app’- the intial apps will appear as constellations with the rest being added periodically to the collection.
“The layers of content in each app include: an interactive game based on the song’s scientific and musical subject matter, a musical animation of the song, an animated score, lyrics, and an academic essay,” comes the somewhat convoluted explanation of the apps. “The game enables the user to interact with musical elements of the song and to learn about different musical features while creating their own version; the musical animation and animated music score bring together conventional and innovative ways of representing music visually; and the academic essay explores the ideas behind each song and app and how they are realized musically.”
Complementing these with a new live show with custom made instruments, a 90 minute documentary about the creative process behind Biopillia and a new interactive website that boasts the latest in HTML 5 technology, we leave it up to you, dear reader, to decide yourself whether Björk is in fact, a genius, or if this whole project is overkill.
Look out for the Biophillia album and app suite this September, with first single Crystalline available for purchase on iTunes now.