Bjork is one of a rare breed of artists who refuses to be pigeonholed. Some attribute brilliance, others say she’s a strange bird (who could forget that swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards red carpet?) but few can deny that she is one of the most unique visionaries of our time.
After all, Bjork is credited with creating the first “app album” in collaboration with Apple, which turns each of the ten songs from the 2011 album Biophilia into an interactive iPad application. At $12.99 it isn’t cheap, but “Bjork: Biophilia” is like ten apps in one. Exploring the relationship between music, nature and technology, it allows users to interact with constellations, draw with Tesla coils, and shoot off lightening bolts (to name a few) that transmit MIDI signals giving the opportunity to hear pieces of the album in an galaxy of customized variations.
In late May, the Icelandic musician is bringing her Biophilia show back to the Bay Area for three nights at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. The show consists of Bjork in the round with a bunch of weird instruments, like musical Tesla coils and a MIDI organ, as well as a 24-piece Icelandic female choir. The performance has been praised by industry tastemakers like NME, Stereogum, and The Wall Street Journal, and it’s sure to be a rare experience.
It’s an added bonus that her Bay Area shows are done in collaboration with the Exploratorium. The museum is holding a workshop series that revolves around the science and discovery within of each of the ten songs in the Biophilia App.
Download the Biophilia App and catch the Biophilia show at the Craneway Pavilion on May 22nd, 25th, and 28th.
May 22, 25, 28, 2013