Björk’s Creativity Pushes Us All

After spending a couple of days aurally and visually exploring Björk’s latest creation Biophilia, I strongly encourage everyone to download and explore for yourself.

The application is free and within the app, the first song is $2.  The opening galaxy calls for explorers to visit each new constellation as it comes available.  The first offering, Crystalline is set in 17/8 time and is both hypnotic and melodically gymnastic, two characteristics that we’ve come to expect from Björk’s music.

In a new technological twist for the music industry, each piece is being released individually as an application that includes set of programs within.  This first song includes the following: the lyrics, a tunnel game where the music is featured, a visual representation of the piece and another is a score that scrolls in real time.  This is ground-breaking in terms of how music can be presented to audiences.  An interesing side note, when I showed the new app to my five year old, he wasn’t too interested. Then, after enjoying the game feature, he said “I like this music!” Yes, you can teach taste!

In one of my favorite books of the year, Listen To This,  Alex Ross describes Björk’s aesthetic. Explore here.

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