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
Crashes and Glitches
While I love the Biophilia album and the concept of this app, I have had continual crashes, often when switching activities and noticed the app glitches OFTEN if playing Crystalline for too long, making it unplayable. I will say that my first run through this app definitely stirred emotions in me, and it was a really cool experience overall. The scores and animations are a very nice added bonus. The replay ability though for a 13 dollar app is weak, sadly. I still love this app and don't regret finally picking it up but for 13 bucks this thing should run better than what it does...
1.4 Update:what special offer for those who paid twice?
1.5 update- what's the point to pre-existing users? We're still ripped off for being early adopters, now another update that does nothing to balance this inequity? What a joke! This update just makes it easier for those who are buying now, & who gives a toss about about who paid nearly twice for the same? Not the developers, that's for sure. Thanks for that! Really cool of you!
Update: this review pertains to the 1.4 update in particular. I have no problems w/ the app other than paying for the 1st 4 songs then paying for the full album. This update mentions some 'special offer' for those early adopters such as myself who basically paid twice for the same thing. I have yet to see anything in the app that refences any 'bonus' and I'm wondering if anyone else has? It's one thing to know I've paid twice for the material, but to later promise a bonus and not come through is kind of like opening a healed wound, then throwing salt in it. Am I missing something? If they're not gonna' give this 'special offer' to early adopters, why bring it up & remind us of how we got burnt in the first place? My rating still stands but I don't understand why the empty promises on top of charging us almost twice?
And I mean gone! So I have one question: on the left under Top In-App Purchases there are 2, 1 for Crystalline and 1 to pre-purchase all. Does anyone know how to pre-purchase all? I've looked all around & haven't found a way yet.
I love bjork
First I bought the cd....well actually first I fell in love with her back in the late 80s when the sugar cubes was on SNL then I bought each of her solo albums as they were released along with singles videos movies bootlegs. I purchased the actual cd first but eventually bought the app a few months ago and definately unlike some of the other reviewers I do not regret it. Like her music I am still learning and hearing something new when I open it up. This is not really something that you can expect to get full satisfaction from on the first couple times you play with it which is a good thing cos what would be the point afterwards. I think it was a great purchase and every time I go on it it takes me to another galaxy as intended.....oh it's also cool as hell if you smokin some good green!
- Second Wind Ltd Apps
- 1.2 GB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2011 One Little Indian, Ltd. and Well Hart, Ltd.
- In-App Purchases
- All Song Apps $9.99
- Crystalline $1.99
- Moon $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.