Bjork is certainly no stranger to innovation. She’s been a fearless artist and performer throughout her career, first as a member of the Sugarcubes in the 1980s and as a solo artist since 1993.
She is set to release her seventh album Biophilia later this month. Today she gave the world a 30-second sneak listen to the first track Crystalline (see the video below) heard over her car stereo.
Besides the traditional release (CD & digital download) of the album alongwith music videos, the big news is that ten tracks on Biophilia will all be released as 10 iPad apps. Each app will be housed inside a single ‘mother’ app and will allow fans to interact with the song’s themes or create their own versions of the music.
She is set to premiere Biophilia at 6 performances over three weeks at Campfield Market Hall, as part of the Manchester International Festival, The first performance is set to take place on June 30. The performances will include two brand new instruments created by Icelandic organ maker Björgvin Tómasson. He’s created a small organ controlled via MIDI equipment, and a rebuilt celeste that incorporates the sounds of an Indonesian gamelan.
I love to experience what artists like Bjork and the Gorillaz (with The Fall album) explore the possibilities of new technologies such as the iPad as not performance and recording tools, but as mechanisms to release and share their