In January Björk began paving the road for her seventh album. Shortly thereafter the above clip was circulated and the idea of Biophilia began to take shape. There would be music. There would be an app (specifcally an iOS app called “Solar System”). And it would related to the stars and the planets.
The full scale of Biophilia became clear today when Björk announced more details on her web site. Sounding less like an album and more like a conceptual, performative and physical project, “the multi-media endeavour encompasses her music, installations and live shows, and celebrat[es] the use of modern technology by utilising the internet.”
Music from Biophilia will be performed at the Manchester International Festival over the course of six shows between June 30 and July 16. The Festival site describes the new work as “celebrat[-ing] how sound works in nature, exploring the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structure.” Doesn’t sound like a far stretch from every other Björk album, in terms of subject matter (modernity x nature).
The Festival performance goes heavy on spectacle and custom instruments, like a “bespoke pipe organ that accepts digital information and a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns.”
Venue and ticket information can be found on the Festival web site. No hard release date for the Biophilia album yet.
The Manchester International Festival focuses on new works in visual and performing arts. This year’s edition is a doozy as it also features the stage production The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?, which as you can glean from the title is about the iconic performance artist. Prefix fans, take note, as Antony Hegarty will write and perform the music. Fans of good things should also take notice of director Robert Wilson and starring turns by Abramovi? and Willem Dafoe. And Snoop Dogg will perform Doggystyle. Hey oh!