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Check Out: Björk – “Cosmogony”

on July 18, 2011, 10:09am

Björk Cosmogony Check Out: Björk   Cosmogony

The latest offering from Björk’s forthcoming LP Biophilia comes in the form of “Cosmogony”. The song will be available on iTunes tomorrow (July 19th), but you give it an early spin below (via All Neon Like).

Also available on iTunes tomorrow will be the Biophilia app. As previously reported, the Icelandic singer-songwriter will release 10 corresponding iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps for the album’s 10 songs, each which will feature “an interactive game based on the song’s scientific and musical subject matter” and which will allow users to manipulate the songs in different ways (via P4k). The Biophilia app will serve as the ‘mothership,’ with the other apps gradually becoming available within it in the corresponding months.

The Biophilia app is already available on iTunes’ New Zealand version and the product description offers the following words:

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”…

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.

Features:

• Three-dimensional galactic interface with the song “Cosmogony”
• Access to new songs and apps immediately as they are released
• Music scores with karaoke playback
• Abstract song animation
• Lyrics
• Essay

And here are some in-app screenshots:

biophilia app 1 Check Out: Björk   Cosmogony

biophilia app 2 Check Out: Björk   Cosmogony

Update: Via Disco Naivete, check out an introduction to the Biophilia app narrated by British broadcaster David Attenborough:

And if that weren’t enough, Björk has also announced another residency, this time in her native Iceland. Her complete tour schedule is posted below.

The Biophilia album is due September 26th via One Little Indian/Nonesuch.

Björk 2011 Tour Dates:
09/11 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
10/12 – Reykjavík, IS @ Reykjavík Concert Hall
10/16 – Reykjavík, IS @ Reykjavík Concert Hall
10/19 – Reykjavík, IS @ Reykjavík Concert Hall
10/25 – Reykjavík, IS @ Reykjavík Concert Hall
10/28 – Reykjavík, IS @ Reykjavík Concert Hall

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Tuned_in
August 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

one thing that’s annoying about her is that she sells her brand of ‘high art’ so hard on her fans. what’s so evident is that there’s an enormous amount of time and money spent on her ‘look’ and her visual marketable appeal. it’s also funny how many of her fans will guard her and will either resort to a sports team mentality i.e. ‘Dude, you suck cause you don’t like bjork.’ or the mental superiority mentality i.e. ‘it’s unfortunate that you aren’t able to understand bjork’s music’. well, i don’t ‘suck’ and i do ‘understand’, but i also understand when something is being sold hard to me and when there’s more than a fair amount of gimmickry involved. and that’s what i can’t help but feel here. there is an air of pretense in her music and image that is a bit suffocating to me. there’s a lot of great music in the universe now that is not so self-important and doesn’t require an $800 tuning fork collection to relate to it.

D1224m
August 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

this could apply to Lady Gaga?

Space Goret
August 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Best song of the universe!

Todd
July 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I’m disappointed. For as long as I can recall, Bjork has always discussed this struggle she’s had between her classical training and her, how shall we say, “poppish” instincts. For a long time she managed to strike that divine sonic balance that was irresistibly gorgeous, both immediately accessible and intellectually stimulating, even challenging. But here, it’s almost as if she’s contrived some children’s instructional tool for the indoctrination of evolution, and, apparently due to the excessive distractions that such an ambitious project would produce, she’s forgotten how to evoke the truly RAW emotions she so easily summoned before. There’s this unshakable element of contrivance that makes her voice distant rather than intimate, and that’s a difficult thing to swallow from Bjork. In other words, it appears that in her later years, her instincts have been eroded by her classical training, defacing that “Bjorkian” quality. I sincerely hope that the rest of Biophilia will prove me terribly mistaken.

Mbc11
July 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

That’s really well said, and while my assessment of this song and “Crystaline” aren’t as negative I can see what your talking about. I get the impression that this is a ‘project’ for Bjork and that its just not going to satisfy me in the same way that her pop music does. For me, the lyrics are the weak link. They’re just too … PBS special. Even “Oceania” wasn’t so hokey. 

I want to be wrong about this! I love Bjork immensely and I’ve been anticipating this album al year!

Todd
August 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

“PBS special.” You put it perfectly! Totally agree. To be honest, however, the song has grown on me a little in the past few weeks, but it still doesn’t feel as heartfelt as songs like “Joga”, or “Unravel”, or “Pagan Poetry”. The biggest change is that Bjork doesn’t use those awesomely-unintelligible vocal runs. Those impulsive vocal qualities truly emote, and in this song, they’re missing.

Todd
August 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

“PBS special.” You put it perfectly! Totally agree. To be honest, however, the song has grown on me a little in the past few weeks, but it still doesn’t feel as heartfelt as songs like “Joga”, or “Unravel”, or “Pagan Poetry”. The biggest change is that Bjork doesn’t use those awesomely-unintelligible vocal runs. Those impulsive vocal qualities truly emote, and in this song, they’re missing.

Daniel
July 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

I truly believe Bjork to be the most important artist (musically) of our time. She’s constantly changing the way music is made, heard and seen. This song feels like a national anthem for the whole universe! 

Galen O’Loughlin
August 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

White Man’s Burden???

Pablo Silva
July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

amazing song
the only thing is that the lyrics are very repeated and constant

Kevin Anderson
July 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Nice!

Eric Toribio
July 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

She’s amazing! 

Andy
July 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

it’s because this song and others like this that one can say than bieber e gaga do excellent music. they really do. 

Hofstaedter
July 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Dude.
I can say with all honesty, that you don’t have any idea, where the line between art and crappy bullshit lies. 
I give you a clue:
Gaga and Bieber suck.

Galen O’Loughlin
August 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

smh

Gaz
July 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Crap

Gaz
July 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Crap

Maxinavarro
July 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Epic

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