Anyone given this a go yet? Press release below...
BIOPHILIA’S “SOLSTICE” APP NOW AVAILABLE AS CHRISTMAS E-CARD
BIOPHILIA NAMED ONE OF2011’S BEST APPS BY APPLE
Biophilia, Björk’s most interdisciplinary project to date, has been updated for the Xmas season with a new standalone version of the “Solstice” app ( http://www.itunes.com/apps/bjorksolstice ). The app allows the user to create a song and gift it to friends as a Christmas e-card and features new sound samples and visuals.
Björk’s long-time collaborator and friend, Sjón, originally composed the Christmas poem that inspired the “Solstice” app at the request of an Icelandic newspaper. The poem, a celebration of light and seasons, compares the solar system with a Christmas tree: at the center of the app is a sun from which the user pulls rays of light to form a circular harp of strings plucked by orbiting planets; tilt the device and the image changes. Björk plays the “Solstice” song with a specially commissioned pendulum-harp which embodies the idea of gravity that was central to the song’s creation.
The Biophilia 10-track album, out now on One Little Indian Records, is available digitally, in CD format and on vinyl. Additionally, each of the 10 songs also is available as a special feature of the Biophilia App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, with the newly updated version 1.4 available through In-App Purchase, exclusively at iTunes (www.itunes.com) and the App Store (www.itunes.com/apps/biophilia). Biophilia 1.4 includes a new simple way to buy the whole app album upon launch, a special offer for the dedicated fans who bought apps before the full album was released and iOS 5.0 enhancements, and bug-fixes. Biophilia was named one of 2011’s Best Apps by Apple and landed on year-end best-of lists from NME, Mojo, The Observer, and Uncut, among others.
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