Help us bring Björk's Biophilia app to Android and Windows 8 for the first time and support the Biophilia Educational Program! Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on February 7, 2013.
About this project
UPDATE: a message from björk and new rewards added !
New Rewards Added !!
Super Deluxe Album Artwork Prints
Beautiful Art Prints of the production flat proofs of Björk’s studio album artworks, signed by Björk.
Debut / Post / Homogenic / Vespertine / Medulla / Volta / Biophilia
Super Deluxe Biophilia App Prints
Beautiful Art Prints of stills from the 10 Biophilia Apps, signed by Björk.
Thunderbolt / Moon / Crystalline / Cosmogony / Dark Matter / Hollow / Virus / Sacrifice / Mutual Core
Limited Edition Gold/Platinum Discs
Accompanied by official certificate of authenticity from One Little Indian Records, signed by Björk.
Debut / Post / Homogenic / Vespertine / Medulla / Volta / Biophilia
the biophilia educational program is a new way to teach children about science and music . it has met with success in many cities , sparking interest from kids and educators all over the world , from south america to east asia to africa . the most interest has come from students from low-income households and schools with underfunded art budgets , and the only way to bring the project to those people is to have biophilia reprogrammed for android and windows 8 . the biophilia educational project is strictly non-profit and volunteer-based , and that’s why we need your help .
A bit of an overview
Biophilia is a multimedia project which includes an album, a series of apps housed in one mother app, a live show and an educational program for children from all backgrounds. It’s all about exploring the areas where music, nature and technology meet, showing people how sound can work in nature while at the same time exploring the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structure.
The Biophilia Educational Program
As well as
being available to the public, the Biophilia app is an important part
of the Biophilia Educational Program. What is the Biophilia Educational Program? Well…
We set up the Biophilia Educational Program as a non-profit project with the aim of making the ideas from Biophilia available to teachers and children around the world.
We started by offering free interactive science and music workshops for children that travel with Björk’s Biophilia live show residencies. So far, these workshops have taken place in Manchester, Reykjavik, New York, Buenos Aires and Oslo, with the next one coming to Paris in February. In each city, the Biophilia Educational Program has worked with local school authorities to create lessons, complete with a core syllabus and curriculum topics. In dealing with these topics, it aims to bring together knowledge of nature and science, music and technology.
The feedback from the workshops has been amazing! For example, a teacher from Buenos Aires sent us this comment:
“The teachers were as excited as the kids. Not only because of this new experience but also of the bigger concept. It's revolutionary practice opens the mind to think about education differently.”
This video was made during the Biophilia Educational Program’s workshops in Reykjavik:
It’s clear that learning and teaching using touch screens enables students of varied levels to learn in an intuitive way, and to contribute equally. The Biophilia app allows them to explore their creativity and develop their musical imagination, without them needing advanced technical and academic skills to do so.
We have seen the Biophilia App be used to great effect as a teaching tool for children with Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Often ADHD represents a barrier to success at school, however during the Biophilia educational workshops we witnessed children with ADHD and similar behavioral disorders excel to produce comparative work to their peers.
The tactile quality of the app encouraged the students to engage, to take their teaching into their own hands, literally, and this stopped them fidgeting or becoming distracted.
Also the open exploration format of the lessons, where children could work together or individually with the one-to-one assistance of an educator, allowed the students to move through the lesson at their own pace, so they fully grasped one aspect before moving on. The students own interest fuelled their learning and this meant their attention was held and they completed the tasks set.
However, there are many different types of touch screens being used in teaching aside from Apple devices. We have received lots of international requests for alternate versions of the app, many of which have come from areas with families on low incomes and schools with low budgets. So we want to make the app available to as many teachers and children as possible by making the app available on as many devices as possible.
We also want to develop curriculum-integrated ways of bringing the program into classrooms around the world. We have already put together a series of free ‘Ideas For Teaching’ guides to assist teachers but there is plenty more to do!
The Biophilia app
The Biophilia App Suite is a 101 in musicology – An introduction to all basic elements of music learning.
The Biophilia app is widely regarded as an innovation in both music and technology. It’s the world's first ‘app album’ which means that each song on the album has it’s own interactive interpretation in the app. Playing with the app enables you to learn about time signatures, scales, chords and much more. For example "Thunderbolt" teaches how arpeggios work through manipulating lightning whilst "Moon" uses the tidal pull to drive sequencers and "Solstice" uses pendulums to explore counterpoint.
This video will give you a good idea of how the app works:
Each of the 10 songs within the Biophilia app reveal a different musicology theme and a corresponding natural element, which you can explore.
Thunderbolt - Arpeggios : Lightning
Moon - Sequencers : Tidal patterns
Dark Matter - Musical scales : Dark Matter
Crystalline - Song structure : Crystals
Hollow - Time signatures : DNA
Virus - Interactive music : Viruses
Solstice - Counterpoint : Gravity
Mutual Core - Chords : Tectonic plates
Sacrifice - Notation : Interaction of the sexes
Cosmogony - Harmony : Equilibrium
It was always our dream to make the Biophilia apps available on ALL touch screens. However, due to the costs involved, the app is only available to people with Apple devices, such as iPhones and iPads. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we want to raise the money to bring Biophilia to Android and Windows 8 touch screens for the first time!
This Kickstarter campaign
The money we raise from this Kickstarter campaign will pay for converting Biophilia apps to Android and Windows 8 devices. It will also go towards the development of an open-source curriculum guide for Biophilia Educators. We would like to be in a position to pay educational specialists to create Biophilia lesson plans and give them what they need to assist teachers to use the Biophilia apps in their music and science lessons.
To give everyone a look at what we’re doing, we’re launching the Biophilia Educational Program website biophiliaeducational.org. Take a look and see what the program has been doing so far. At this site, educators and parents alike can access the entire Biophilia Educational curriculum for free, and making the Biophilia apps available to Android & Windows 8 users will only increase the program’s accessibility. With your help, we can raise the money to achieve these goals.
We want to say thanks in advance to all of you who can help
us do this.
Below, you’ll find descriptions of the items we’re offering. Many are completely exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, so take a look, and once again, a huge thank you for your help.
Björk and the Biophilia Educational Program team x
See above! Will be available for Android, Windows 8 and Mac Desktop!
Biophilia Documentary DVD:
An early viewing copy DVD of the Björk and David Attenborough collaboration : a documentary exploring the history of music.
Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter T-Shirt:
An exclusive to Kickstarter, limited edition Biophilia T-Shirt designed by M/M (Paris) – sponsors will need to email us their preferred size, S, M, L, XL.
Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter 12” Picture Disc:
An exclusive to Kickstarter, limited edition 12” Biophilia full colour picture disc.
Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter Lithographic Print:
An exclusive to Kickstarter, limited edition, numbered, lithographic print designed by M/M (Paris).
New!! Signed Super Deluxe Album Artwork Prints:
Beautiful Art Prints of the production flat proofs of Björk’s studio album artworks, signed by Björk, now available for a £250 pledge.
Debut / Post / Homogenic / Vespertine / Medulla / Volta / Biophilia
New!! Signed Super Deluxe Biophilia App Prints:
Beautiful Art Prints of stills from the 10 Biophilia Apps, signed by Björk, now available for a £250 pledge.
Thunderbolt / Moon / Crystalline / Cosmogony / Dark Matter / Hollow / Virus / Sacrifice / Mutual Core / Solstice
Biophilia - The Manual (signed) - 10 available:
Biophilia: The Manual features 2 audio cds, including the Biophila album plus an exclusive live recording of Björk's performance of Biophila during the Manchester International Festival, in a 48-page, full-color, hardbound, cloth-covered, and thread-sewn book. The front cover features a lenticular panel with a 3D version of the front cover whilst the spine and back cover are foil-blocked. Inside pages are printed on 170gsm matt-coated stock.
The Manual contains essays by Nikki Dibben, design, drawing and live photography by M/M (Paris) exclusive to this edition, and additional photography by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.
Biophilia - Ultimate Edition (artist proof version) (signed) - 10 available:
The Ultimate Art Edition is a super limited art edition of Biophilia.
Important note!! These are artist proof copies. The original 500 limited edition is completely sold out and only a handful of these artist proof editions exist.
The Ultimate Art Edition features:
- The box: A lacquered and silkscreened oak hinged-lid case.
- Biophilia - The Manual: See above for details
- 10 custom-made tuning forks
The 10 chrome-plated tuning forks are silkscreened on one face in 10 different colors, stamped at the back and presented in a flocked tray inside the box. each fork is adjusted to the tone of a Biophilia track, covering a complete octave in a non-conventional scale:
Moon - E 329.6 hz
Thunderbolt - B 246.9 hz
Crystalline - G 392 hz
Cosmogony - Gb 370 hz
Dark Matter - Silent fork
Hollow - C 261.6 hz
Virus - Db 277.2 hz
Sacrifice - A 440 hz
Mutual Core - Eb 311.1 hz
Solstice - A 220 hz
General Admission Ticket to Biophilia Residency:
1 x ticket to any Biophilia residency date - Paris is the next confirmed residency in February 2013, but there will be shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year - your ticket will be valid for any Biophilia residency show - we will email to arrange with you.
VIP Ticket to Biophilia Residency:
- 1 x VIP ticket to any Biophilia residency date - Paris is the next confirmed residency in February 2013, but there will be shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year - your ticket will be valid for any Biophilia show - we will email to arrange with you.
- A premium seat at one of the residency dates
- A pre-show tour of the Biophilia Educational Program and unique instruments
- An invitation to post-show drinks with musicians (Björk appearance not guaranteed)
- A hardback Biophilia Live Program
- Tour laminate
Thank you credit:
Your name will be featured on a thank you page on the Biophilia Educational Program website or within the Biophilia Educational App itself -
- 'Made possible by…'
- 'Biophilia Superstar…'
- 'Mutual Core Conspirator…'
- 'Solstice Super Sponsor…'
Risks and challenges
The money we raise is going to pay for a team of 6 app guys to convert the Biophilia app to Android, Windows 8 and Mac Desktop – it’s a big job and is going to take them 6 months – the Biophilia App is a suite of 10 apps so that’s a lot of code!
We are working with the guys from Snibbe Studios, who were part of the team that helped us successfully launch the Biophilia App for iPad, and so they know what they’re doing and we have every faith that they’ll get it done for us within schedule!
As this is our second time around, we’ll be taking all we learnt and putting it to good use – to create the Biophilia App for Android, Windows 8 and Mac Desktop we are working with;
Scott Snibbe Studios – Project Managers – they have hired specialist app teams to do the coding
M/M Paris – they handle all the design aspects
One Little Indian Records – they’ll be handling the manufacturing, production and fulfillment of the other elements of the rewards.
Obviously if we raise the money we’ll keep all of you who helped us get there updated every step of the way. If you have bought one of the rewards that includes tickets to the live show we’ll hook up via email and get the date you want arranged and then have your ticket waiting for you at the door.
A huge thank you for taking the time to look at our kickstarter, and to those of you who have contributed an even bigger one!
All the best,
The Biophilia Team xLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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