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iOS App of the Week Yeah, I know – the moment you let a bunch of musos loose with new technology they start to come up with waffle like “an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces” – when all you’ve really got is a bunch of songs and some fancy graphics.

Björk Biophilia

Main interface
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Scepticism aside, I was still intrigued enough to try out Bjork’s Biophilia, as its approach suggests different ways of presenting music on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Björk Biophilia

Each song is an app

The Biophilia app is free to download and includes one song called Cosmogeny, which effectively acts as a kind of 3D interface for the rest of this digital album, complete with voice-over from David Attenborough. The other songs have to be bought individually – either £1.69 each or £6.99 for the complete package, which isn’t bad if you’re a Bjork fan.

Björk Biophilia

Song features

As you move through the 3D starscape interface, each song is constructed as a self-contained app that allows you to just sit back and listen to the music, or to delve deeper into features such as an animated score, games, and even some musical tools that you can play with.

Björk Biophilia

Animated score

One song includes a virtual harp that you can strum along on, while another shows you how to play the chords in the song in order to learn more about song structure. One song called Moon – that hasn’t actually been released yet – claims to offer a visual sequencer so that you can alter the notes within the song yourself.

Björk Biophilia

Games

There’s a fair amount of pseud’s-corner stuff going on, of course, but the idea of app-songs seems more ambitious and offers more chance for fans to interact with the music of their favourite artists than Apple’s own rather underwhelming iTunes LP format.

The music may be for fans only, but the idea of songs as apps provides a platform with a lot of creative potential for artists in the future, so Biophilia is worth a look just for the sake of curiosity.®

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Björk Biophilia

Björk Biophilia

Interactive music project where individual songs are apps in themselves.
Price: Free – with additional in-app purchases RRP

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