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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 are available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences: Crystalline, Virus, Moon, Thunderbolt, Sacrifice, Mutual Core, Hollow, Solstice, and Dark Matter.
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 developed by Björk in collaboration with interactive artist and app developer Scott Snibbe, and Björk's longtime design collaborators M/M Paris. The individual apps were created by Luc Barthelet, Drew Berry, Kodama Studios, Stephen Malinowski, Scott Snibbe Studio, John Simon Jr., Touch Press, and Max Weisel.
• Three-dimensional galactic interface with the song Cosmogony
• Nine song apps available as in-app purchases
• Music scores with karaoke playback
• Abstract song animation
• MIDI out to drive instruments
What's New in Version 1.5
The full Biophilia App Album is now a paid app for new users, old users maintain same in-app-purchase ability.
This is music exploration at its most brilliant. Organic yet structured play, Bjork's created a music app that let's you hear, see and touch the music, rearrange and record it. My six year old got a small preview when I downloaded it this morning, and it was all he talked about on the way to school. A fantastic use of the iPad and the most innovative app I own.
Boring, confusing, rambling
With apologies to die-hard Bjork fans and Bjork herself, I found this app to be bizarre and ultimately rather boring. Don't see why this would win a webby award. Obviously it took a lot of money to make all the graphics and video sequences, but some more work on being cohesive was really needed. The app is more of a display of individual visual stunts than a tight, integrated concept. Wish there was a way to return it and get a refund. Or to pass it on to a true Bjork fan.
I am looking forward to experiencing what other talented performers will create when they get an opportunity to make app "albums"... David Bowie, are you listening?
So many times while playing this my son and I would laugh or exclaim just from surprise or delight, not because something was funny or shocking but simply because it made beautiful sense. A really different app I would recommend to anyone. And the Bjork music is starkly wonderful as well.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Jan 28, 2012
- Version: 1.5
- Size: 761 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Second Wind Ltd Apps
- © 2011 One Little Indian, Ltd. and Well Hart, Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPod touch (5th generation).
Top In-App Purchases
- All Song Apps$9.99
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- Dark Matter$1.99