Björk’s "Biophilia" Out Now—"Björk Is a Visionary," Says NPR
Biophilia, Björk’s most interdisciplinary project to date, is out now on CD and digitally via One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records; the vinyl is set to follow on October 24. Additionally, the complete Biophilia App, with a component for each album track, is now available in the iTunes App Store. To pick up a copy of Biophilia, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders and vinyl pre-orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album; MP3s and FLAC lossless files are also available to purchase.
Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.
Biophilia and its exploration of the meeting of music, nature, and technology are featured on this week's Science Times podcast from the New York Times. You can listen online in the Science section at nytimes.com.
Björk spoke about Biophilia and its many facets with NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. "Björk is a visionary," writes Boilen. "Biophilia is Bjork's new album and app. Both are compelling and dig deep into relationships in nature: viruses and cells, moon and tides."
"For me this project's very much about solving things," Björk tells Boilen, "solving riddles I guess you could say that it is sort of about finding a new angle, how the electronic and acoustic could work together how nature and techno could work together ... trying to find a fresh point where the listener and the music maker exchange music."
Read more and listen to the interview at npr.org.
Björk also spoke the Atlantic, which calls the album "an expedition into the creative canyon between science and technology," and with CNN Tech's Jonathan Binder about the project, which, Binder says, "goes way beyond gimmicks and really takes technology, music, and even education to a new place." Listen to the interview and read more at cnn.com.
The new album "is surprisingly subtle and intimate given the concept’s immense scope," says All Music's Heather Phares, who finds that "the most exciting thing about Biophilia is how it expresses the cycle of discovery and wonder. ... Biophilia is easily her most ambitious project as a whole, but its music is more about completion than competition, even against herself. Educational and emotional in a uniquely approachable way, these songs are a lovely part of a bigger picture." Read the review at allmusic.com.