Posts Tagged ‘music’

Seed funding for our new interactive music platform

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

We are excited to announce that Snibbe Studio has closed a $100K angel investor seed round of funding. Since our founding in 2011, we’ve been self-funded by revenues from our original and partner apps like Gravilux, Björk: Biophilia, and Philip Glass: REWORK. Yet, we’ve been dreaming for some time of ways to produce a broader app platform and format for visual and interactive music on a much larger scale than these hand-crafted gems.

Now that work has begun! We can’t  say much yet about this brand new platform for visual and interactive music, however, thanks to our angel investor Matthew Papakipos, Engineering Director at Facebook, we now have a small team of engineers and designers working on this first phase. Stay tuned for more about follow-on investments and the release of the product.

Snibbe Studio releases REWORK_ App Album (Philip Glass Remixed)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

We are enormously proud to announce REWORK_ (Philip Glass Remixed). This App Album takes the incredible remix album made in collaboration with Beck that was released last month, and gives it a feature-length interactive visual treatment.

REWORK_ features eleven “music visualizers” that take the remixed tracks and create interactive visuals that range from futuristic three-dimensional landscapes to shattered multicolored crystals, and vibrating sound waves. People can lean back and enjoy REWORK_ end to end, or they can touch and interact with the visualizers to create their own visual remixes.

In addition to the visualizers, the app includes the “Glass Machine” which lets people create music inspired by Philip Glass’ early work by simply sliding two discs around side-by-side, almost like turntables. People can select different instruments – from synthesizer to piano, and generate polyrhythmic counterpoints between the two melodies.

The REWORK_ app features interactive audiovisual mixes by critically acclaimed musicians and remix artists including Beck, Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Cornelius, Dan Deacon, Johann Johannsson, Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes, Silver Alert, My Great Ghost, and Peter Broderick.

The app was directed by Scott Snibbe, produced by Ahna Girshick, and engineered by Graham McDermott, with music visualizer programming and design by software artist David Wicks. Lukas Girling designed the Glass Machine and Amon Tobin sequence. Many others helped to make this project come alive, including Philip Glass’ assistant Trevor Gureckis (My Great Ghost) who created miles of MIDI tracks and patiently explained Glass’ idioms at an 8th-grade level. See all the app credits below.

REWORK_ is available exclusively in the iTunes App Store, and is a universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

BUY NOW IN ITUNES APP STORE: http://smarturl.it/rework

VIDEO: http://smarturl.it/reworkvideo

PRESS RELEASE: Philip-Glass-Snibbe-Press-Release-121312

COMPLETE PRESS KIT INCLUDING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES

SCREENSHOTS AND ICON:

FULL APP CREDITS

Director Scott Snibbe

Producer Ahna Girshick

Executive Producer Hugo Vereker

Software Engineer Graham McDermott

Software Artist David Wicks

Interface Designer Pirate Vereker

Glass Machine Designer Lukas Girling

Visualizer choreography and design Rebecca Fenton, Lukas Girling, Ahna Girshick, Pete Hawkes, Sean Monroe, Graham Plumb, David Wicks

MIDI Sequencers Trevor Gureckis, Alex Weston, Fritz Myers

App Audio Engineers Lukas Girling and Noah Bennett Cunningham

Special thanks to Trevor Gureckis

© 2012 Scott Snibbe Studio

 

The Full Björk Biophilia App Album is Now Available

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

After fifteen months of development, and three months of teasing, Björk’s full Biophilia App Album is now available in the iTunes App Store – the world’s first App Album. Enjoy the six new apps: Thunderbolt, Sacrifice, Mutual Core, Hollow, Solstice, and Dark Matter, as well as the already-released Virus, Moon, and Crystalline.

There is some great press coverage today featuring Björk’s inimitable voice and words:

NPR Morning Edition: “Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’: Interactive Music, Pushing Boundaries
New York Post: “You Can Touch This
New York Times, Science Times Podcast: “A Science Lesson from the Singer Björk
CNN: “Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’ takes music to the app world
Wired Online: “Björk’s Biophilia App Album Launches 10 Beautifully Depicted Songs
The Wall Street Journal: “Bells, Whistles, Chimes and Charm
The Atlantic: “Bjork Talks About How Nature Inspired Her New, High-Tech Album
Huffington Post: “Bjork’s ‘Biophilia’ Apps: Is This The Model For The Future Of Music?

This is a fine time and place to list the large team that it took to put together this project including our truly fearless leader Björk; her brilliant designers M/M Paris; James Merry, Project Coordination and Research; Derek Birkett and Michele Anthony, Artist Management; Luc Barthelet, Drew Berry,  Stephen MalinowskiKodama Studios, Touch Press, John Simon Jr., Max Weisel, and Scott Snibbe Studio, lead app developers. The monumental full eight pages of credits can be found here.


A tour of Björk’s Biophilia


A 20 minute demonstration and talk on Biophilia by Scott Snibbe


Recent Press with the release of Virus: FastCompany, Nature, CreativeApplications.net and more…

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Virus is now available in Björk’s Biophilia! The second app “single” tells the story of a cell attacked by a virus. You can protect the cell by thwarting the virus, but in order to hear the whole song, you must let the viruses win instead. Virus is a game you have to lose in order to win. Watch as viruses latch onto the cell, inject their DNA and reproduce themselves, all while Björk’s beautiful, cheeky love song progresses. The app is a unique combination of gaming, interactive art, music, and science, not quite recognizable as anything you’ve seen before.

Here’s a roundup of some recent press in the first week of its release:

With Biophilia, Björk Creates Album Art For The 21st Century (It’s An App!), John Pavlus, FastCompany Design, August 9, 2011

Björk’s New App Album Pushes Interactive Boundaries, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, CBC News, August 9, 2011

The Making of Virus, Filip Visnjic, CreativeApplications.net, August 9, 2011

Björk’s infectious new tune comes as an educational biology app, Nature: Spoonful of Medicine, August 15, 2011

Björk guest edits Dazed & Confused

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Björk guest edits the August 2011 issue of U.K.’s Dazed and Confused Magazine, with a fantastic interview with Björk: Violently Appy! The issue includes a spread on Scott Snibbe’s contributions, an interview with Stephen Malinowski, and much more.

The Best Interviews with Björk on Biophilia

Monday, August 1st, 2011

There is a lot of press on Biophilia, but only a few sources with in-depth interviews with Björk explaining the whole project. Here are the best so far:

Björk Talks Biophilia, Brandon Stosuy, Stereogum, June 29, 2011

“I tried to have each song as emotionally different as possible. [The song] ‘DNA’ is about rhythm, but I also wanted it to be about the emotional, my relationship with my ancestors. That was just as important, to prove science nerds wrong, to unite the scientific and the emotional. ‘Moon’ is very melancholic and about rebirth and the lunar cycles but it’s also just about the math of a full moon. [I wanted the music to] weave seamlessly into science, a natural element, and musicology. Our times seem to be so much about redefining where we are physical and where we’re not. For me, it is really exciting to take the cutting edge technology and take it as far as it can get virtually, use it to describe/control the musicology or the behavior of raw natural elements, and then plug it with a sound source which is the most acoustic one there is — like gamelan and pipe organ. So you get the extremes: Very virtual and very physical. In that way you shift the physicality.”

The Science of Song, The Song of Science, Jon Pareles, New York Times, July 1, 2011

“‘I didn’t intend it to go so big,’ Bjork said with rueful pride in an interview before the performance. ‘It’s the way most complex project I’ve ever done. There’s been like 500,000 million e-mails and meetings.’ But from their beginnings, the songs on ‘Biophilia’ had a grand ambition: to unify music, nature (as described by science) and technology.”

How Björk’s ‘Biophilia’ album fuses music with iPad apps, Charlie Burton, Wired UK, August, 2011

“The app model is one she hopes to use long-term. ‘I have a feeling that for many years I won’t have to tear things up by the roots again. I can [release] songs in my own time and I have an iPad app I can write from,’ she says. For now, apps will also replace her music videos – and in the future she may stop producing physical CDs, to free herself from the production deadlines they involve.”

The Whole World In Her Hands: Björk Interviewed, Luke Turner, The Quietus, July 22, 2011

“Unlike so many of the new formats and futures of music we’ve been promised in the years since the business took a dive down the dumper, Biophilia genuinely does feel radical, futurist. Even more exciting, it feels as if Bjork isn’t just breaking new ground in music, but the world of apps too. It seems certain that Biophilia won’t, unlike many apps downloaded, be used only once. This is of course not to mention the educational aspect, something that emerges all the more strongly during our three hours sat in her living room, overlooking the North Atlantic, newspaper cuttings about the recent Grimsvotn eruption on the table. On the plane home a few hours later, I can’t help but think that Bjork reminds me of a 21st Century William Blake, a visionary fascinated by the potential of science and the wonder of the natural world, a master in the pioneering disciplines of the age.”

Björk on Biophilia and her Debt to UK Dance Music, Liam Allen, BBC News, July 28, 2011

“The abum was inspired by touchscreen devices which preceded the iPad, enabling musicians to play sounds by pressing the screen. ’Because I don’t play the piano or guitar, and usually I’ve always written my music when I am just walking outside, I’ve finally found something that’s appealing to me as an accompaniment,’ she says, ‘I can just scrabble with my fingers – it’s a breakthrough for me.’”

Biophilia for the Deaf!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

A review from a deaf person who finds Biophilia brings music to life.

http://www.holymoly.com/music/reviews/bjorks-biophilia-brings-music-back58397

“But then I tried the ‘animation’ option and proceeded to listen, holding the iPad, to one of her songs playing with lyrics on screen and a beautiful, simple animated timeline showing the shapes and colours of all the instruments and vocals as the song progressed. As I felt the vibrations of the music through my fingertips, the iPad vibrating and rumbling in my hands, hearing the higher pitches through my hearing aid, I had something of an ‘experience’. It was beautiful, lyrical and haunting. I immediately went and downloaded another track – and I can’t wait to experience the rest of the songs on the album in the same way.”

WIRED NEWS: Björk’s Lead App Developer Riffs on Music, Nature and How Apps Are Like Talkies

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A two-part interview on the nitty gritty details of Björk’s Biophilia, the future of interactivity and music on the iPad and how sheet music was the app of the 19th century:

Björk’s Lead App Developer Riffs on Music, Nature and How Apps Are Like Talkies (Part 1)

How Björk’s App Album Was Made: Mixing for iPad, Visualizing Music as Tunnels (Part 2)

“in some reviews of Biophilia, people said, ‘Wow, I haven’t had this experience in 20 years. Before CDs came out, I’d buy an album and hold the 12-inch cover in my hand, sitting cross-legged on the floor while I listened to the music, read the liner notes, and looked at the pictures.’ People used to have this very tactile, multimedia experience when they bought an album.

But with the digitization of music, we’ve lost that special moment. You can think of the app as, finally, that chance to unwrap the box and have a personal, intimate experience again with music. It might be the case that people spend a lot of time with the app when it first comes out [as they did with album covers] and then perhaps they’ll move on to purely enjoying the music after that. But we’ll really have to wait and see.”

Billboard.biz: Bjork’s App Designer Scott Snibbe Talks In-Depth About ‘Biophilia’

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Billboard.biz features a longer interview with Scott Snibbe on the future of apps and music after Björk’s Biophilia.

“This is like the birth of cinema. It’s an extremely exciting moment for musicians, for artists, and I think this project is a nice step towards fully leveraging the medium with one of the world’s great artists to see what you can pull off when you get one of the world’s greatest musicians and some of the world’s top developers in interactivity to work together. And I think you’ll see a lot more of it. I know the artists want to embrace it, and if the record companies and labels can find a way to make this work financially and contractually for the artists, I think everyone will really thrive.”

Billboard cover story on Björk’s Biophilia

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Billboard’s cover story this week is Björk’s Biophilia, and includes interviews with Björk, Michele Gondry on the Crystalline music video, and Snibbe on the future of apps and music.