Bjork, always the cutting-edge innovator, is launching her new album / live experience / multimedia installation / app called Biophilia. It's all things to all people, at all times. Biophilia is going to "explore ideas like how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structures."
So this gives us three distinctive elements: a new Bjork album, a Bjork tour, and a Bjork app ... Which one is most important? In this day and age does the new music for purchase or the live show take precedent? Which will fans experience more frequently, the Biophilia album or the Biophilia app? These days, it's hard to tell.
"This summer, Björk introduces Biophilia, an extraordinary immersive project and her most ambitious work to date. The multimedia endeavour encompasses her music, installations and live shows, and celebrating the use of modern technology by utilising the internet. The project aims to explore ideas like how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structures," reads the announcement on the Bjork web site.
So let there be Bjork apps. There's not a clue as to what the Bjork Biophilia app will do (or apps, as the case may be), but if the experience is as immersive as anything else Bjork does, it will be good. She's known for moving in uncharted waters (I'm trying to work the earth theme here), so I'm guessing that we'll see an app that does something an app has never done before.
Björk will maintain a three-week residency at the Manchester International Festival, performing six shows dedicated to Biophilia, her first UK shows in over three years. After that, the Bjork Biophilia tour will hit the road, playing in major cities.
During the Biophilia shows at the Manchester International Festival, Bjork will perform songs with co-conspirators, although the collaborators are unnnamed at this point. She's also down with a 30 foot pendulum that uses gravity to make sounds and a digitally-controlled pipe organ. Leave it to Bjork to go as deep as to create her own musical instruments.