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Bjork + Apple

Bjork, known for her avant-garde ways or her swan dress, has teamed up with Apple and the who’s who(s) of the tech & design world for her 2011 album release.

“Biophilia” is about music, technology and nature:

“Sound, harnessed by human beings, is what we call music. Music expresses part of us that would otherwise be hidden. We use technology to reveal things about nature that is hidden from us. The love for nature in all her manifestations.”

Marrying music, design, apps and user experience; “Biophilia” is an album app that delivers individual song apps periodically, replete with their own games, visualizations, essays and even music-theory-teaching interactions. It tests the boundaries of what is possible technically and artistically with the iPad and iPhone.

How it works:
“Biophilia” for iPad will include around ten separate apps, all housed within one “mother” app. Each of the smaller apps will relate to a different track from the album, allowing people to explore and interact with the song’s themes or even make a completely new version of them. It will also be an evolving entity that will grow as and when the album’s release schedule dictates, with new elements added.

 (The “Virus” song app will be distributed within Björk’s Biophilia album app.)

For one song, “Virus”, the app will feature a close-up study of cells being attacked by a virus to represent what Snibbe calls: “A kind of a love story between a virus and a cell.And of course the virus loves the cell so much that it destroys it.” The interactive game challenges the user to halt the attack of the virus, although the result is that the song will stop if the player succeeds. In order to hear the rest of the song, the players will have to let the virus take its course. Using some artistic license, the cells will also mouth along to the chorus. It’s this determination to fuse different elements together, be it juxtaposing a female choir from Greenland with the bleeps and glitches of electronic music pioneers Matmos during the Vespertine tour, or meshing soaring strings and jagged beats on Homogenic, that “helps explain the power and success of Björk’s collaborations”.

Introduction to Biophilia:

Wired interview with Snibbe (interactive artist):

I think it’s an amazing project that pushes how we traditionally experience music.

With this, we’ll be experiencing 1 music album through our 3 senses.

From Nicole


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Crazy Sexy Windows 8 Has Scorching Hot New Looks … But It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Windows 8 preview

Microsoft’s Steve Sinofsky showed off Windows 8 at AllThingsD’s conference Wednesday night. It’s all flashy and color, with Windows Phone 7-like dynamic homescreen “panels” from its Metro UI which contain updating information available at a glance from the apps they relate to. These work better on tablets than phones since they contain more elegant data. And it’s more efficient than Apple’s lock-screen UI.

Not that Microsoft wasn’t inspired by Apple and its iPad, Sinofsky himself admitted. Windows had lagged far behind the cutting edge of mobile computing and lacked an App Store and has enjoyed learning from Apple’s successes and failures in the spaces.

Check out the Windows 8 UI in the video below, particularly the “snap” gesture, which is reminiscent of some aspects of the Courier tablet that Microsoft unfortunately chose to cancel:


Lurking behind the tablet touch-friendly UI, though, is the Windows we’ve come to, uh, let’s say love, yeah. It’s still got its tricks and tropes–we’re even supposed to be pleased that we can access Excel spreadsheets right in the native program. But that means that all of Windows various failings are there too … dare we imagine a Blue Screen Of Death on a tablet PC? While Apple completely rethought how users interact with a computer, Microsoft seems to have merely layered a tablet-friendly effect on top of classic Windows–a trick they tried before with Bill Gates’ initial push for tablets years ago.

The real innovation is in Windows 8’s ability to run on an ARM processor-powered computer. We get it. This is nowhere near as exciting and touch-friendly pretty colors. But at Computex, Microsoft showcased tablets and “smartbooks” that not only run Windows 8 but run it on an ARM processor. Qualcomm, the chip-maker giant that’s making a lot of money out of the mobile computing paradigm, has confirmed it’s working with MS to get Windows 8 running on its ARM-based chips. Its Snapdragon processors are already working inside many Android-based smartphones and tablets, and it’s confirmed that Snapdragon’s soon going to be inside 250 more devices.

Though there are issues with Windows 8 on ARM, notably in terms of backwards compatibility, it means MS has severed some of its rigid ties with Intel and no longer needs to rely on x86 chip architecture–bound to Intel’s update cycle. More than anything else about Windows 8, it could offer Microsoft a way to quickly get its tablets appearing on store shelves–following an Android-like approach compared to Apple’s more controlled sales effort.


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