Art, Science & Technology in Music

Bjork’s latest album may be her most ambitious project yet. Biophilia is a collection of songs composed with the themes of nature, science and humanity infused. For preparation, Bjork researched astrophysics, string theory, neurology, biology and other domains where science and music collide.

Listen to Bjork “Biophilia” in its entirety here on NPR Music.

With this inspiration for Biophilia, Bjork then created a unique environment to experience the music. The Biophilia app immerses the user into an intricate galaxy, with ten different destinations, each representing unique songs. Each song is available to purchase and download in-app, for $1.99 each. According to the app’s release notes:

Biophilia is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology by the musician Bjork. 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.

Download the Bjork “Biophilia” iPhone and iPad app here.

Read, learn and explore other digital music innovations in our series of posts called “A Digital Rolling Stone.”