Biophilia

Biophilia

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by Björk
     
 

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"What I always wanted to do was to reconnect musicology with nature," Icelandic composer and performer Björk recently told the New York Times. "I always wanted to make bass lines behave like gravity."

Biophilia is the Icelandic singer and composer's most ambitious undertaking in a 20-year career distinguished by continuous innovation and artistic

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"What I always wanted to do was to reconnect musicology with nature," Icelandic composer and performer Björk recently told the New York Times. "I always wanted to make bass lines behave like gravity."

Biophilia is the Icelandic singer and composer's most ambitious undertaking in a 20-year career distinguished by continuous innovation and artistic evolution. The album title refers to a love of all living things, and in every aspect of this game-changing multi-media effort, Björk brilliantly connects nature, music, and technology.

In addition to the music itself, this project will offer interactive iPad apps, designed by the industry's most creative minds, that feature games, music, and editorial content-allowing listeners to explore more deeply the concepts and sounds of each of Biophilia's 13 songs.

The artistic and technological reach of Biophilia is nothing short of visionary. As New York Times critic Jon Pareles has put it, "Biophilia is a possible paradigm for the 21st-century album, one that welcomes the interactivity of the Internet and harnesses the power and flexibility of devices that incorporate video, audio and user control far beyond the play button." Media artist and chief Biophilia apps designer Scott Snibbe, enthuses, "To me, it feels like the birth of opera or the birth of cinema."

At the core of this groundbreaking project, of course, are Björk's sonically brilliant and emotionally stirring new songs, akin to the magical, otherworldly, atavistic hymns of her acclaimed 2001 disc Vespertine. On Vespertine, Björk rhapsodized about a new romance; here, she attempts nothing less than to retell the story of the creation of the universe in her own compellingly idiosyncratic voice. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597964080
catalogNumber:
528728
Rank:
39812

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Björk   Primary Artist,Bass
Mark Bell   electronics
Zeena Parkins   Harp
Carol Emanuel   Harp
Sara Cutler   Harp
Matthew Herbert   Synthesizer Bass
Thom Yorke   Background Vocals
Brian Chippendale   Drums
Jessica Buzbee   Trombone
Jon Stefansson   Choir Conductor
Saerun Osk Palmadottir   French Horn
Harpa Johannsdottir   Trombone
Erla Axelsdottir   French Horn
Shelley Burgon   Harp
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir   French Horn
16 Bit   Bass
Sigrún Jónsdóttir   Trombone
Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir   Trumpet
Vigdis Sigurðardóttir   Choir, Chorus
Valdis Þorkelsdóttir   Trumpet
Unnur Sigurðardóttir   Choir, Chorus
Sigurborg Skúladóttir Kaldal   Choir, Chorus
Sigrún Ósk Jóhannesdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Lilja Valdimarsdóttir   French Horn
Li Ming Yeung   Trombone
Kristin Sveinsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Kristin Einarsdóttir Mäntylä   Choir, Chorus
Kristin Anna Guðmundsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Jóna G. Kolbrúnardóttir   Choir, Chorus
Guðrun M. Sigurbergsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Gigja Haraldsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Gigja Gylfadóttir   Choir, Chorus
Fifa Jónsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Eygló Höskuldsdóttir Viborg   Choir, Chorus
Ester Auðunsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Erla Run Guðmundsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Erla Maria Markúsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Elin Edda Sigurðardóttir   Choir, Chorus
Drifa Örvarsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Brynja Guðmundsdóttir   Tuba
Bergljot Rafnar Karlsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Auður Albertsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Asta Ægisdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Asdis Eva Ólafsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Asdis Björg Gestsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Arnheiður Eiriksdóttir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Björk   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Concept,Brass Arrangment,beats,Organ Arrangement,Choir Arrangement,Beat Programming,Harpsichord Arrangement
Mark Bell   Composer,Programming
Mario DeJesús   Engineer
Matthew Herbert   Programming,beats
Derek Birkett   Producer
Cameron Craig   Engineer
Damian Taylor   Composer,Programming,Engineer,drum programming,Concept,beats,Beat Programming
Andy Baldwin   Engineer
Michael Amzalag   Art Direction
Sveinn Kjartansson   Engineer
Pablo Diaz Reixa   drum programming,Bass Programming,Beat Programming
Sjón   Composer,Lyricist
David McDuff   English Translations
Brian Hernández   Engineer
Henry Dagg   Adaptation
16 Bit   Programming,Producer,Engineer,beats,Beat Programming
Manu Delagu   Arranger
Björgvin Tómasson   Organ Maker
Oddny Eir Æuarsdóttir   Composer,Lyricist
Mathias Augustyniak   Art Direction

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Biophilia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
stiiffy More than 1 year ago
I love the experimental and scientific aspects of this electronica offering. With dreamy movement and booming percussiveness, the cd is uplifted into genius by lyrics about DNA, viruses, and the creation of the universe. If you are not already familiar with Bjork, this may be a good starting point if you own an ipad. The apps that go along with this cd are nothing short of amazing.