Björk drops a 360 virtual reality app

It’s been a big year for Björk, with her much lauded Vulnicura LP taking out top spots in many end of year lists, releasing innovative video clips, all-strings albums and plenty more. Only days out from 2016, it seems the Icelandic artist has one more trick up her sleeve before the year is out.

Teaming up with director Andrew Thomas Huang, who also worked with Björk on 2011 album Biophillia, the pair have created a virtual reality app. Interestingly, this is the second time Björk has explored alternative mediums like apps – the pair collaborated on an interactive, audiovisual Biophilia-themed app in 2011.

The project takes the viewer into a 360 degree world in which Björk performs Vulnicura opening track Stonemilker. The object of the latest project was to continue explore the possibilities of virtual reality as an unconventional alternative to traditional music videos.

“We found ourselves in Iceland one day with nothing to do and a 360 camera lying about,” she says. “We discussed its potential for intimacy and Andrew then suggested we take it to the beach where the song was written.”

“That location has a beautiful 360 panoramic view which matches the cyclical fugue like movement in the song. If the song has a shape it is sort of like a circle that just goes on forever” she stated, elaborating on the circular structure of the track.

The app, available for iPhone and iPad, can be downloaded here.