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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
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
The feedback from
the workshops has been amazing! For example, a teacher from Buenos
Aires sent us this comment:
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
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.
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
will give you a good idea of how the app works:
Each of the 10
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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…'
'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!
Biophlilia App & Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter Lithographic Print & viewing copy of Biophilia Documentary DVD & ‘made possible by’ credit on biophiliaeducational.org
Biophlilia App & Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter Lithographic Print & Viewing copy of Biophilia Documentary DVD & Name included in ‘Made possible by…’ thank you credit in the Android App
Biophlilia App & Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & Biophilia Exclusive to Kickstarter Lithographic Print & Special Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia 12” picture disc & Name included in ‘Made possible by…’ thank you credit in the Android App
Biophlilia App & Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & exclusive to Kickstarter lithograph print and Viewing copy of Biophilia Documentary DVD and Special Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia 12” picture disc & name included in ‘Mutual Core Conspirators’ thank you credit in the Android App
Biophlilia App & Signed Biophilia Manual & Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & exclusive to Kickstarter lithograph print & viewing copy of Biophilia Documentary DVD & Name included in ‘Biophilia Superstars’ thank you credit in the Android App
Biophlilia App & a general admission ticket to one of the Biophilia Residency Shows. Plus an Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & exclusive to Kickstarter lithograph print & viewing copy of Biophilia Documentary DVD & Special Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia 12” picture disc & name included in ‘Biophilia Superstars’ thank you credit in the Android App
Biophlilia App & a VIP admission ticket to one of the Biophilia Residency Shows [Included: a premium seat, 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 and tour laminate]. As well as an Exclusive to Kickstarter Biophilia T-shirt & Exclusive to Kickstarter Lithograph print and viewing DVD copy of the Biophilia documentary & ‘Solstice Super Sponsor’ credit on the Android App.