World Exclusive: Look Inside Bjork’s New Virtual Reality Album

NME has been given an exclusive first look at Bjork’s newly announced virtual reality album, the first ever of its kind.

The ‘album’ will premiere tomorrow (June 4) in Sydney, Australia at the Vivid Festival. The VR Album Exhibition and is part of the 18 month long Björk Digital world tour. The event will feature a host of virtual reality installations all based around different tracks on 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ album and powered by HTC’s virtual reality platform, Vive and Bjork herself will DJ at the event.

Featured here are some exclusive pics from ‘Notget’ on the ‘album’, which will be accessed via multiple head mounted Vive units. The album has been directed by the likes of Andrew Huang, Jesse Kanda and Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.

The immersive VR experiences include the previously released ‘Stonemilker’ and ‘Black Lake’ (Andrew Thomas Huang), ‘Mouth Mantra’ (Jesse Kanda), ‘Notget’ (Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones) in collaboration with British digital production studio Rewind-VR.

According to a press release the world premiere of ‘Notget’ in VR “combines high resolution 3D scans, on-location holostudio, motion capture and videogrammetry along with real-time special audio design that envelopes and embeds the user into Björk’s performance. These digital assets are blended together to create an ever evolving and changing digital form of particles, light and sound that inhabits the space with you.”

At the end of 2015 Bjork released an Apple Store app designed specifically to view her 3D video for ‘Stonemilker’, previously promoted as an in-person only experience at exhibitions in New York and London.

‘Stonemilker’ is the opening track from ‘Vulnicura’, released earlier this year, while the video is shot in Bjork’s native Iceland, by Andrew Huang, and includes an ‘immersive’ string version of the track. For the full experience you’ll need virtual reality glasses (as detailed in the appstore), though the app does work in a more basic way on iPhone and iPad without the accessory.

If you’d prefer to view the video in its more conventional form, you can see an interactive version of the 3D filming via YouTube, below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQEyezu7G20