Björk and musicofilia to power
The launch of its application for iPad requires a rethinking of the way to produce and consume the music. To see and play, Björk has already launched the application of Biofilia, his new album that will come out in September.Sinestesia, neurology, constellations … Say that the music is not enough.
Since the notes have graphical representation (let’s summarize: the staff) and much more since the live performances have been transformed into cultural events based on multimedia performances (let’s summarize more and let’s catch up: the U2 360 ° Tour) see music “is a commonplace. Now, not only is it heard and seen. As avant-garde have dreamed, songs can indeed be played and more precisely pulsate, beat and become open works that mutate with the manipulation of the listener and are even updated when the author has it. For those who maintained (we maintained!) That the album – understood as a conceptual work that meant more than accumulating singles songs – had the days counted in these days of digital downloads (at 1 dollar per subject) and consumption in mobile phones, the recent release of Biofilia by the restless Icelandic artist Björk demands to rethink the subject. To such a point that the physical disk does not exist yet (it has only release date for September 23), but the app (app) that precedes it as much as it exceeds.
In the “intro” of this application (available this week for the iPad tablet) is the explanation of the conceptual and aesthetic plan of this work of Björk, with the story and voice of British actor and film director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) .
In a didactic and foundational tone-think of the epic of the celebrated beginning of Star Wars or the narrative of Carl Sagan in the Cosmos television documentaries, he offers us phrases such as this: “We can use technology to make visible part of the Nature, music, technology In Biofilia you can listen, learn, create.
The cosmos within reach of your thumbs, galaxies that can be touched, constellations to enter. From the universal to the microscopic. “And, before that, a warning gives us another clue:” It is recommended to listen with headphones. “Still, it is not surprising Björk is an artist for whom the visualization of sounds is so relevant as his self-awareness (not to say that his debut album, 1993, is called … Debut).
We do not know if we witness a break as deep as the first video could represent or if we look at a device with expiration date, as was the CD-Rom, but the adventure of entering a work that owes both developments of videojuegos like the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks (author of Musicofilia) and the chemical Theodore Gray (author of the book The Elements) becomes an experiment in itself, fascinating.
If the release of Radiohead’s In Rainbows album (2007) represented the way in which artists regained control of the value of the work by allowing users to price it, this Biofilia release represents a commitment to technology take us to unknown territories
THE EXCENTRIC SIDE OF MUSIC.
The Icelandic began her career in the late ’80s as lead singer of The Sugarcubes and had a traumatic lead in Lars von Triers’ Ballerina in the Dark. Biofilia will be its seventh studio album and is expected to be released on September 23, although iPad applications (such as the two already released, “Cosmogony” and “Crystalline”) will go on sale independently.