|The new Bjork video for the song "Crystalline" has arrived, a collaboration between Bjork and director Michel Gondry. The video is from her upcoming album Biophilia, due out in September.
The first of the new Bjork apps were launched last week, with the Cosmogogony "mother app" and the Crystalline app being the first two offered up. The Cosmogony app runs through a 3D environment of the cosmos, before letting you navigate through it yourself.
So far, the Crystalline app is the only one available, and it offers the ability to "travel through tunnels and collect crystals to make your own structure of the song," Bjork says on her web site. It offers 1) an animated score of the Crystalline song, 2) a sort of game where you navigate through tunnels and pick up crystals, each move effecting the way the song plays as you pick crystals along the way. Different crystals have a different effect. You can also just let the song play if you want to.
The Biophilia experience will have central themes of science, earth, and space; it seems to be at the forefront of the new interactive music cool, with the combination of digital music and interactive experiences on the rise.
The series of Biophilia apps looks unique and innovative. There's a separate app for each song, with each one available individually. These will also be controlled by the larger Cosmogony app. The individual apps are a complex weaving of a number of elements: an interactive game, a musical animation, an animated score, lyrics, and an academic essay.
The Biophilia app idea started out with the transition from a Biophilia movie she was working with Michel Gondry to a more interactive experience when the movie thing didn't happen. When the iPad arrived on the scene a few years ago, she knew this was the direction to take.