Biophilia is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology by the musician Björk. 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 are available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences: Crystalline, Virus, Moon, Thunderbolt, Sacrifice, Mutual Core, Hollow, Solstice, and Dark Matter.
Björk has collaborated with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures - of which music is a part. Each in-app experience is inspired by and explores the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. You can use Biophilia to make and learn about music, to find out about natural phenomena, or to just enjoy Björk’s music.
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.
Biophilia was developed by Björk in collaboration with interactive artist and app developer Scott Snibbe, and Björk's longtime design collaborators M/M Paris. The individual apps were created by Luc Barthelet, Drew Berry, Kodama Studios, Stephen Malinowski, Scott Snibbe Studio, John Simon Jr., Touch Press, and Max Weisel.
• Three-dimensional galactic interface with the song Cosmogony
• Nine song apps available as in-app purchases
• Music scores with karaoke playback
• Abstract song animation
• MIDI out to drive instruments
The Biophilia App Suite is now completely refactored for the latest iPad and iPhone iOS and retina display
Ratings and Reviews
Love the concept of this app
I think this app is the early 21st century equivalent of the 12" album cover. It brings the audience into the artist's world in a way that music alone doesn't.
Having said that, it gives a LOT more than the best album cover ever; games, lyrics, musical scores, musical instruments.
The only thing I miss is the ability to simply play the album without interacting with the app. To do that, It seems I need to buy the album as well, which seems a bit steep given the price of the App.
I think having bought the app, I should have the album unlocked on itunes. Or at least have a significant discount on the album.
Having said all that, the music is excellent. Bjork's singing somehow just keeps getting better. The sections where she's multitracking harmonies can take the breath away, she's simultaneously totally in control and organically chaotic. They show she's not just someone born with a great voice: she understands music at the highest level.
Magical but practical
I have purchased this app for myself and my 7 & 10 year olds having watched a documentary on the making of the album with them. We live on a small island where luckily my children have the opportunity to sing in a choir and learn piano. We are very close to nature and 'real weather' every day. My youngest daughter often philosophises on the pure beauty of the natural world and the human relationship to it. children do have this innate understanding that somehow becomes lost to some people when they become adults.
This App opens up a whole new world of learning, experimentation and technology we would not otherwise have exposure to living here in a small disconnected place.
As a botanical horticulturalist and artist I myself fully relate and subscribe to the concept of Biophilia....simply magical, mind blowing yet logical and with true practical application. thank you Bjork and all others involved in making it.
Price point is very good too!
All you need is Bjork!
what an amalgamation of all thats great about the iPhone. I feel like I've got my own reactable or bjorktable! Love moving around on the main screen and mixing the different samples together. This is like musical crack. Thank you Bjork!
- Second Wind Ltd Apps
- 1.2 GB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2011 One Little Indian, Ltd. and Well Hart, Ltd.
- In-App Purchases
- Crystalline £1.99
- Virus £1.99
- Moon £1.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.