Bjork

  • Aired:  01/31/12
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Bjork shows off her "Biophilia" album iPad app and explains what inspired her interactive multimedia collection. (5:21)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW ALBUM

THAT IS BEING RELEASED AS A

SERIES OF APPS.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HER NEW

BOOK BEING RELEASED ON AN

ELECTRIC RAZOR.

PLEASE WELCOME BJORK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY!

LOVELY TO MEET YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NOW, NOW, WE ACTUALLY ARE

RECORDING THIS INTERVIEW AFTER

YOU SANG THE SONG.

BUT WHEN WE BROADCAST THIS

INTERVIEW WILL BE BEFORE THE

SONG.

SO ARE YOU WILLING TO KEEP UP

THE FACADE FOR THE AUDIENCE AT

HOME THAT THIS IS HAPPENING

FIRST?

( LAUGHTER )

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: YOU GOOD WITH

THAT.

>> TAME TRAVEL.

>> Stephen: WE'RE DOING A

LITTLE TIME SHUFFLING.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: WHY ART?

( LAUGHTER )

BECAUSE YOU ARE AN ARTIST,

RIGHT?

YOU EXPLORE ART IN ALL OF ITS

FORMS, NOT JUST MUSIC, CORRECT?

>> WELL, I'M MOSTLY ABOUT MUSIC.

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT MUSIC.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, BUT THIS

ALBUM IN PARTICULAR ISN'T JUST

MUSIC.

IT'S GOT THIS GRAPHIC INTERFACE

HERE.

LET ME SHOW.

THE ALBUM IS CALLED PHIOTHELLIA

AND IT HAS APPS THAT GO WITH IT.

IT'S A GREAT ALBUM.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU THE APPS ARE

KIND OF DANGEROUS BECAUSE I WAS

TRYING TO WATCH YOUR ALBUM WHILE

DRIVING TO WORK TODAY AND NEARLY

KILLED MYSELF.

LIKE LOOK AT THIS.

ARE WE TURNED UP HERE.

LOOK AT THIS.

LOOK AT THIS.

AN APP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO-- I

GOAT TO JOIN THE SONG.

( APPLAUSE )

LOOK AT THAT.

AND THEN IF YOU GO THROUGH THE

PHASES OF THE MOON, IT CHANGES

WHAT THE SONG IS LIKE.

>> YUP.

>> Stephen: THAT IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

OKAY.

THAT BEING SAID--

( LAUGHTER )

IT'S-- IT'S STILL PLAYING.

( LAUGHTER )

IT'S IN CONTROL.

THERE YOU GO.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS IS-- THIS IS A DEBACLE.

GOING NOWHERE.

BUT-- WHAT-- WHY IS-- WHY THE

APPS TO GO WITH THE SONGS?

I WANTED TO WRITE THE ALBUM ON A

TOUCH SCREEN, AND I STARTED OUT

IN 2008.

AND THAT WAS, LIKE, TWO YEARS

BEFORE THEiPAD CAME OUT, SO I

COULDN'T IMAGINE THAT WOULD

HAPPEN, RIGHT?

SO WHILE I WAS WRITING ON THE

TOUCH SCREEN, I GOT REALLY

EXCITED BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST

TIME I COULD SORT OF-- BECAUSE I

CAN'T REALLY PLAY THE GUITAR AND

SING AT THE SAME TIME.

AND I CAN'T REALLY PLAY THE

PIANO AND SING AT THE SAME TIME.

SO I WAS, LIKE, FINALLY I CAN BE

A TROUBADOUR.

>> Stephen: DID YOU ACTUALLY

CREATE THE ALBUM IN THAT WAY?

YOU DREAMED OF CRETING THE

AMBULL THAT WAY WITH A TOUCH

SCREEN?

>> I DID.

I JUST THINK WHEN YOU DO TOUCH

SCREEN IT'S DIFFERENT.

IT'S A DIFFERENT SENSATION TO

WRITE MUSIC WITH A MOUSE.

LIKE, HOW DID YOU DO YOUR DOUBLE

ALBUM.

LIKE THIS.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU CAN DO IT

LIKE THIS.

( LAUGHTER )

OR LIKE THAT.

( LAUGHTER )

CAN I LICK YOUR ALBUM?

CAN I LICK THE APPS?

YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE GREAT-- A

SCRATCH AND SNIFF ALBUM.

>> THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

>> Stephen: THE THING THAT

WORRIES ME IS YOU'RE MIXING

SCIENCE LIKE PHYSICS.

YOU'RE SINGING ABOUT PHYSICS AND

TALKING ABOUT PHYSICS AND USING

THIS TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT SCIENCE

AND MUSIC AT THE SAME TIME.

WHY SULLY MUSIC WITH SOMETHING

AGES UGLY AS SCIENCE?

CAN'T TRUST SCIENCE.

>> I WAS QUITE EXCITED ABOUT

SCIENCE.

WHEN I WAS A KID I LOVED MATH IN

SCHOOL.

>> 2 PLUS 2 EQUALS 4.

>> SUDDENLY I HAD THE TOUCH

SCREEN IN MY LAP, AND I WAS

LIKE, WOW.

NOW I CAN START TO MAP OUT HOW I

FEEL SONGS SHOULD BE IN A MORE

INTUITIVE WAY, AND THAT SENT ME

BACK TO WHEN I WAS IN MUSIC

SCHOOL IN ICELAND --

>> Stephen: CAN I ASK YOU A

QUESTION ABOUT ICELAND?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DO YOU PEOPLE

BELIEVE IN ELFS THERE?

I READ YOU PEOPLE BELIEVE IN

ELFS IN ICELAND?

IS THAT TRUE?

>> WE DO.

BUT YOU GUYS BELIEVE IN GHOST,

RIGHT?

>> Stephen: OH, YEAH, GHOSTS

ARE REAL.

WE HAVE, LIKE, GHOST HUNTERS ON

TV.

YOU CAN ONLY SEE THEM WITH ONE

OF THOSE GREEN LIGHT CAMERAS,

THOUGH.

YOU HAVE REAL ELVES, IN THE

VOLCANIC AREAS, YOU GO UP THERE

AND THERE ARE POWERFUL

ORDER-WORLDLY BEE, RIGHT?

>> IT'S SORT OF A RELATIONSHIP

WITH NATURE, LIKE WITH THE ROCKS

THEY ALL LIVE IN THE ROCKS, SO

YOU HAVE TO-- IT'S ALL ABOUT

RESPECT, YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: YOU GOTTA RESPECT

THE ELVES?

>> YEAH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELL, BJORK, WILL

YOU STICK AND AROUND DO A SONG

FOR US LATER?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WONDERFUL.

BJORK, THANK YOU, PLEASURE TO

MEET YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT

BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY

BJORK.

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