- Associated Press - Monday, October 10, 2011

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND (AP) - As a child growing up in Iceland, Bjork would compose music in her head as she walked to school.

The cadence of her footsteps became the rhythm. The dramatic landscapes of her homeland became the inspiration.

In her new album, Bjork says she fuses that natural world with iPad apps to invent a music genre she calls an “appbox.”

“Biophilia” _ and a host of applications representing tracks on the album _ were released Monday and are meant to immerse listeners in a complete audiovisual experience.

Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of the launch, Bjork said she sees “the structure and shapes of songs” during the creative process. That led her to work with a team of iPad app designers and musicians to chart out visual representations of the songs.

The beauty of Bjork’s stark volcanic homeland courses through the new work, and the singer said the link between the environment and music is “effortless and natural.”

“My accompaniment has always been nature” Bjork said during a recent interview in a boho Reykjavik theater attic.

In addition to traditional album form, Biophilia is being released as “mother app” for iPad, and within it, individual apps give a new dimension to tracks on the album with interactive visuals.

But Bjork assured fans that they don’t need an expensive iPad to enjoy the work, describing the app technology as “more like an accessory.”

“The music on Biophilia has to be able to stand on its own.”

And despite the iPad twist, Biophilia’s music is vintage Bjork.

With titles like “Virus,” “Crystalline” and “Solstice,” the album embeds nature at its very heart _ an enduring feature of Bjork’s work.

“For me, to connect nature to music is a very effortless and natural connection” Bjork said.

Her homage to lightning, “Thunderbolt,” is “almost sort of superhero macho, about the thirst for miracles which we all have.”

She described “Moon” _ one of the standout tracks _ as “slightly melancholic, slightly possessed. That idea about death and rebirth which maybe the ladies feel more than the gentlemen.”

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