Mark our words – every day now, we’re going to start seeing more and more overlap between iOS apps and commercially released music. A couple of week back, Jennifer Allen published the news that Polyphonic Spree was releasing their new single as an app unto itself. And now? Now it’s Björk’s turn.
The Iclandic superstar’s upcoming Biophilia is the first full album released as a universal app (though it won’t be the last, we’re sure). Originally envisaged by Björk as a house that would contain a song per room, the new iPad app boasts “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.”
The app is organized around a two dimensional map reminiscent of a star chart. Each node int he map takes users to the music and interactive art associated with it. The intro is narrated by none other than David Attenborough, the voice we’ve all heard on countless hours of nature shows over the past couple of decades. Here it is, below, right from the official Björk YouTube channel:
The album will eventually have 10 album tracks, each with their own interactive game or art piece. There is currently only one song available with the free download (not including the theme song for the album, Cosmogeny), with future tracks to be priced at $1.99 apiece. The album will also be released as a more traditional audio-only album, with a music video for the first single, Crystalline, directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), will debut this coming week, as well.
We applaud Björk and other artists to come, in their attempt to reinvigorate an industry that bemoans its own relevance in the world of instant downloads and file sharing technologies. Creating a work of art around a new album is not only the beginning of a new era, but will help justify the retail cost of such an album, perhaps putting to rest some of the industry’s own fears and, perhaps, arrogance.