Björk’s Biophilia

Interview

Friday, October 14, 2011

For the last two decades, Björk has pushed every boundary she could find, making just about the weirdest pop music that can still be considered pop music. She’s made beautiful, soulful songs out of electronics, musique concrete, an Inuit choir from Greenland, and her inimitable Icelandic accent that makes English unfamiliar. 

Björk’s new album isn’t even an album. For each track on Biophilia, there’s an interactive iPad app that teaches musical principles and delves into different aspects of the scientific world. Every song comes with a musical score and lyrics, so that anyone can play along.

“I started off with this project thinking it would be like the frustrated music teacher in me getting out,” she says, “But I ended up learning tons myself.”

And as for the music, with songs like “Virus,” “Dark Matter,” and “Cosmonogy” — all accompanied by mesmerizing quasi–scientific animation — Björk’s odes to the mysteries of the universe can be as intoxicating as any love song.

 

Video: Inside Biophilia's Apps

 

Video: Björk, “Moon” from Biophilia


 

    Music Playlist
  1. Virus
    Artist: Bjork
    Album: Biophilia
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Crystalline
    Artist: Bjork
    Album: Biophilia
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Cosmogony
    Artist: Bjork
    Album: Biophilia
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Thunderbolt
    Artist: Bjork
    Album: Biophilia
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  5. Who is it?
    Artist: Bjork
    Album: Medulla
    Label: Elektra / Wea
    Purchase: Amazon

Guests:

Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Produced by:

Josh Rogosin

Comments [5]

Russ

The album is also available as just a music album in CD and Vinyl.

Oct. 20 2011 01:24 AM
Robert from NYC


"her inimitable Icelandic accent"

Hmm, while there aren't too many internationally famous Icelandic pop stars, there are more than 300,000 Icelanders, and a bunch of them speak English, presumably with a similar accent . . . .

Oct. 17 2011 02:41 PM
Tori

You can buy just the album.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005Q2XTLY/studi360-20/

Oct. 16 2011 05:01 PM
tracy from Brooklyn, ny

So let me get this straight. This album requires one to OWN an ipad for the full experience? so it's exclusively available to those who can afford an ipad. hmmm.

Oct. 15 2011 04:47 PM
Josh Rogosin from New York City

Here's a vimeo link showing the making of the 'Gameleste,' one of the several instruments Bjork had commisioned for the making of the record:
http://vimeo.com/25631738

Oct. 14 2011 07:02 PM

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