Listen: Björk's 'Biophilia' Featured on Her 'Sonic Symbolism' Podcast

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Björk's new podcast series Sonic Symbolism, in which she explores each of her albums, one per episode, focuses this week on Biophilia, her 2011 album, app, and musicology curriculum. "One of the things that really influenced me during Biophilia,” she says on the show, “was the element table. I really liked to connect nature with musicology, and connect with it raw materials, so it’s not human scale. It’s not tables and chairs and violins and humans and these interactions … [but] places where there are no people, which is either inside the atoms or in galaxies.” You can hear the episode here.

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Björk's new podcast series Sonic Symbolism, launched last month, in which she explores each of her albums, one per episode, focuses this week on Biophilia, her 2011 album and its corresponding app and musicology curriculum for children. Biophilia is an interdisciplinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet—inspired by these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.

“One of the things that really influenced me during Biophilia,” Björk says on the episode, “was the element table. I really liked to connect nature with musicology, and connect with it raw materials, so it’s not human scale. It’s not tables and chairs and violins and humans and these interactions … [but] places where there are no people, which is either inside the atoms or in galaxies.”

The BBC called Biophilia “an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer." NPR calls it "astounding." You can hear the album here.

You can hear discuss the project with her friends—philosopher and writer Oddný Eir and musicologist Ásmundur Jónsson—in the episode here:

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Björk: 'Sonic Symbolism: Biophilia,' September 2022
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022
    Listen: Björk's 'Biophilia' Featured on Her 'Sonic Symbolism' Podcast

    Björk's new podcast series Sonic Symbolism, launched last month, in which she explores each of her albums, one per episode, focuses this week on Biophilia, her 2011 album and its corresponding app and musicology curriculum for children. Biophilia is an interdisciplinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet—inspired by these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.

    “One of the things that really influenced me during Biophilia,” Björk says on the episode, “was the element table. I really liked to connect nature with musicology, and connect with it raw materials, so it’s not human scale. It’s not tables and chairs and violins and humans and these interactions … [but] places where there are no people, which is either inside the atoms or in galaxies.”

    The BBC called Biophilia “an amazing, inventive and wholly unique eighth album from an artist without peer." NPR calls it "astounding." You can hear the album here.

    You can hear discuss the project with her friends—philosopher and writer Oddný Eir and musicologist Ásmundur Jónsson—in the episode here:

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