Biophilia is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology by the musician Björk. Comprising a suite of original music and interactive, educational artworks and musical artifacts, Biophilia is released as ten in-app experiences that are accessed as you fly through a three-dimensional galaxy that accompanies the album's theme song Cosmogony. All of the album's songs gradually become available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences, beginning with the first single Crystalline.
Björk has collaborated with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures - of which music is a part. Each in-app experience is inspired by and explores the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. You can use Biophilia to make and learn about music, to find out about natural phenomena, or to just enjoy Björk's music.
Biophilia opens into a three-dimensional galaxy with a compass allowing navigation between the 3-dimensional universe and a two-dimensional track list. Take a closer look by tapping on stars within the constellations and you'll see that each is an in-app purchase that gives access to the inspired combination of artifacts for each new Björk song: interactive art and games, music notation which can be used to sing along karaoke-style, abstract animations, lyrics, and essays that explore Björk's inspirations for the track. These artifacts bring together conventional and alternative ways of representing and making music to create an environment for entertainment and learning. Biophilia challenges the way we think about music. Here, for the first time, is a music album that exploits the multimedia capabilities of mobile interactive technologies.
Biophilia was created by Björk in collaboration with interactive artist and app developer Scott Snibbe, and Björk's longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris).
- Three-dimensional galactic interface with the song Cosmogony
- Access to new songs and apps immediately as they are released
- Music scores with karaoke playback
- Abstract song animation
Bjork‘s new album Biophilia, due September 27th, is also a multimedia project she created with app developer Scott Snibble and design studio M/M Paris, as narrated by David Attenborough. Singles will be released as programs into the faux-galaxy of a mother-app designed to explore musical structures and natural phenomena.
The experience of the music—living among clickable art, games, karaoke-ready music notation and essays—will be as mediated as mobile interactive technology now allows. The first visual preview of Biophilia’s fingertip-cosmos is the relatively uncomplicated video Michel Gondry directed for “Crystalline.” It’s an animated moonscape, where stop-motion sand ripples appear alongside illustrated stem structures and one big, orange wig.