NEWS: Bjork releasing Biophilia as 10 iPad applications

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  • 04 Jun 11

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Are you the kind of twat you sits on the train loudly guffawing at youtube videos on your massive iPod touch? Are you the kind of person who refuses to call programs on the aforementioned maxi-touch applications because your life is SO STUPENDOUSLY BUSY that you struggle to afford the three extra syllables it would cost you to call by their elongated name? Do you often find yourself dreaming about gently fondling your 10 inch slate while looking deep into the eyes of Steve Jobs? Well, looks like Icelandic fog horn/award winning singer Bjork has got a little treat in store for you. She’ll be releasing her new album as a series of 10 iPad applications, with each one hosting a different song and some audio/visual magic that’ll no doubt give you something to do for a few minutes in between extended sessions of sitting in a café and looking indifferent. Here’s an explanation, courtesy of The Guardian

Biophilia for iPad will include around 10 separate apps, all housed within one “mother” app. Each of the smaller apps will relate to a different track from the album, allowing people to explore and interact with the song’s themes or even make a completely new version. It will also be an evolving entity that will grow as and when the album’s release schedule dictates, with new elements added. Scott Snibbe, an interactive artist who was commissioned by Björk last summer to produce the app, as well as the images for the live shows (which will combine his visuals with National Geographic imagery, mixed live from iPads on the stage), describes how Björk saw the possibilities of using apps, not as separate to the music, but as a vital component of the whole project. “Björk’s put herself way at the forefront here by saying, ‘We’ll release this album and these apps at the same time and they’re all part of the same story.’ The app is an expression of the music, the story and the idea.”

Ah, quotes, doing leg work for lazy writers across the land. Release dates are still unknown, so don’t go getting iPad lust just yet, okay?

Alec