Bjork tells fans to hack her ‘Biophilia’ apps

The Icelandic artist wants pirates to unlock the Apple only software

Bjork has spoken out in order to encourage fans to hack her ‘Biophilia’ apps, which were developed for and with computer giants Apple.

The apps run alongside her forthcoming album of the same name, but will only work on iPhones and similar Apple products, not for Android or Blackberry. However, the singer and musician is now asking fans to hack and convert the software. She told Drowned in Sound:

I’m not supposed to say this, probably, but I’m trusting that the pirates out there won’t tie their hands behind their back… That’s why we really made sure when we wrote all the programs that they will transfer to other systems.

‘Biophilia’ is Bjork‘s eighth studio album and also a multimedia project which played its first run of shows in Manchester last month. At the shows Bjork unveiled all 10 of the new songs that will comprise the ‘Biophilia’ album, to be released this autumn, while screens above the stage demonstrated some of the animations and games that will be included in the 10 iPad/iPhone apps that will accompany it. Each song and app explore a different pair of scientific and musicological concepts.

‘Thunderbolt’, featuring the Tesla coil, demonstrated an app in which the drawing of lines and shapes can be used to manipulate arpeggios, while the animated accompaniment to single ‘Crystalline’ guided the audience through a series of video game-like tunnels representing verse segments, before emerging into an open field of stars for the chorus.

The show will go on to tour seven other cities until 2014. Bjork returns to the UK to headline Bestival in September.