Watch: NPR Goes Behind the Scenes of Björk's "Biophilia" Show
Björk played the last of her NY Hall of Science shows of her NYC Biophilia residency last weekend and plays the first of five nights at Roseland Ballroom tomorrow. NPR's All Songs Considered spoke with app developer Max Weisel, who plays the project's custom-made instruments onstage, including musical Tesla coils. Weisel gives Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered, a tour of the stage set-up and a demonstration of how it works. Watch it here. In this week's issue of The New Yorker, Björk talks with Alex Ross about the educational component of the project for public school students.
Björk closed out the first half of her New York City residency featuring the music of her latest album, Biophilia, when she performed at the New York Hall of Science in Queens Saturday night. The next leg—five nights at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan—begins tomorrow night.
NPR's All Songs Considered recently went behind the scenes at the Hall of Science to talk with Max Weisel, one of the developers behind the Biophilia Apps, who joins Björk on stage to help bring to life some of the custom-made instruments designed for the project, including twin musical Tesla coils. Weisel gives Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered, a tour of the stage set-up and a demonstration of how he uses iPad apps to make it work. Take a look in the video below.
"There were so many amazing moments during Bjork's performance of Biophilia at the New York Hall of Science this week," writes Boilen. "For me, the most memorable and mesmerizing instrument was the Tesla coil that played melodies. Melodies that were fierce, sharp and unsettling. It was somewhat frightening to see bolts of man-made lightning dangling over the audience and then fascinating to hear and see it play a song."
Watch the demonstration here and read more of Boilen's thoughts on the show at npr.org.
In addition to the live performances, Björk collaborated with the New York Hall of Science on a three-week-long Biophilia education series. Featuring interactive science and music workshops for school children in Queens, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses, and more. Björk spoke with The New Yorker's Alex Ross about the education series for a Talk of the Town piece in this week's edition of the magazine, which subscribers can read online at newyorker.com.
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