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Listen: Bjork – “Cosmogony” + more Biophilia app details

By ; July 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM 

Following on from “Crystalline,” the first official song to be released from Björk’s upcoming seventh album Biophilia, another track has surfaced online called “Cosmogony,” which is apparently “the album’s theme song.” Unlike the erratic and noisy “Crystalline” is a graceful soaring track built over a bed of horns, and Björk singing sweetly about being in the middle of Heaven’s bodies.

Check it out here, courtesy of All Neon Like.

The full album will be released on September 26th/27th (Europe/North America) through One Little Indian/Nonesuch.

Consequence of Sound has also unearthed a bunch of new details about the innovative method through which Björk is releasing her new material: the Biophilia iPad app. The app comes out tomorrow on iTunes, but has already been released in New Zealand (where it is already tomorrow). As we already reported the “mother” app gives you access to the ten songs that will give you access to the ten smaller apps, each one related containing a song from the album, but also including interactive material such as games. The full app description from the iTunes store and some screen shots from the app are below if you want to know more.

Comprising a suite of original music and interactive, educational artworks and musical artifacts, Biophilia is released as ten in-app experiences that are accessed as you fly through a three-dimensional galaxy that accompanies the album’s theme song “Cosmogony”. All of the album’s songs gradually become available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences, beginning with the first single “Crystalline”…

Biophilia opens into a three-dimensional galaxy with a compass allowing navigation between the 3-dimensional universe and a two-dimensional track list. Take a closer look by tapping on stars within the constellations and you’ll see that each is an in-app purchase that gives access to the inspired combination of artifacts for each new Björk song: interactive art and games, music notation which can be used to sing along karaoke-style, abstract animations, lyrics, and essays that explore Björk’s inspirations for the track. These artifacts bring together conventional and alternative ways of representing and making music to create an environment for entertainment and learning. Biophilia challenges the way we think about music. Here, for the first time, is a music album that exploits the multimedia capabilities of mobile interactive technologies.


• Three-dimensional galactic interface with the song “Cosmogony”
• Access to new songs and apps immediately as they are released
• Music scores with karaoke playback
• Abstract song animation
• Lyrics
• Essay

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