Posts Tagged ‘press’

REWORK_ first press from Fast Company, Wired, and Creators Project

Monday, December 17th, 2012

“Thanks to some obvious training wheels, it’s addictive to play with, and a pulsating visual delight to boot. Within about five seconds, you’ll be convinced you’re the next Philip Glass. “

—Fast Company Design: A Magical App For Exploring A Philip Glass Remix By Beck by Mark Wilson

“To accompany each track on the album, interactive design wunderkind Scott Snibbe, the man behind Björk’s Biophilia app album, created an iOS app that contains interactive visualizations for every track on REWORK_.”

—Creators Project: Exploring Scott Snibbe’s New App Album For Philip Glass’ _REWORK, Featuring Beck, Amon Tobin, Nosaj Thing, And More by Abdullah Saeed

“One has to admire the taut professionalism of a thing like this.”

—Wired.com, Rework (Philip Glass Remixed) app by Snibbe Studio by Bruce Sterling

 

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

 

Scott Snibbe on CNN’s The Next List: the Future of Interactivity

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Scott Snibbe was featured in a half-hour program on CNN’s The Next List, which profiles forward-looking thinkers in the fields of technology, science and social change.

Host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and producer Tracy Dorsey brought her crew to Snibbe’s studio in San Francisco for a three-day shoot that resulted in an intimate and extensive portrait to discuss, among other projects, recent work with James Cameron’s interactive “Avatar” exhibition at the EMP Museum, Bjork’s breakthrough Biophilia App, and the future of interactivity.

Snibbe also wrote a blog posting for CNN you can read on their site: “Apps can help us fall in love with music again.

MotionPhone HD Press: FastCoDesign and CreativeApplications.net

Friday, January 27th, 2012

FastCoDesign: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1668901/after-17-years-scott-snibbe-resurrects-animated-art-project-as-ipad-app

CreativeApplications.net: http://www.creativeapplications.net/ipad/motion-phone-ipad/

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.

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.

WIRED UK Cover Story: How Björk’s ‘Biophilia’ album fuses music with iPad apps

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Wired UK’s cover story for August includes an in-depth interview with Björk about the whole Biophilia project. So exciting they seem to have made two covers for the issue – the second features Drew Berry’s incredible DNA portrait of Björk:

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/08/features/music-nature-science

“The app model is one Björk 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 — she isn’t making any for Biophilia — and in the future she may stop producing physical CDs, to free herself from the production deadlines they involve.”

PRESS RELEASE: Björk Unveils Biophilia

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE REPRINTED FROM SACKS & CO:

BJÖRK UNVEILS BIOPHILIA

LEAD SINGLE “CRYSTALLINE” AVAILABLE TODAY EXCLUSIVELY ON iTUNES

BIOPHILIA APPS COMING FROM ONE LITTLE INDIAN/NONESUCH RECORDS

WORLD PREMIERE OF BIOPHILIA BEGINS JUNE 30 WITH MULTIMEDIA LIVE RESIDENCY AT MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Björk today announces Biophilia, her most ambitious and interdisciplinary project to date, with the release of lead single “Crystalline” exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide (www.itunes.com). Biophilia is a multi-media project, comprising a studio album, apps, a new website, custom-made musical instruments, live shows and educational workshops.

Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians and instrument makers to create a unique multi-media exploration of the universe and its physical forces – particularly those where music, nature and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.

The album’s lead single “Crystalline” is available on iTunes now, with Biophilia Apps coming from One Little Indian/Nonesuch Records.

The Biophilia live show will have its world premiere on June 30 as part of the Manchester International Festival. Björk will be in residence at the festival for a three-week run which includes six intimate performances of her new songs at Campfield Market Hall – her first UK dates in over three years. The residency will also introduce companion apps, invented instruments and more. For more information: http://mif.co.uk/event/bjork-biophilia/

Biophilia comprises five elements:

I. ALBUM:
The songs from Biophilia will be released as a traditional 10-track studio album later this year, available digitally and physically across standard formats. The songs will also be featured within their accompanying Biophilia Apps, but with a more stripped-down structure for educational and game purposes, mixed by Damian Taylor and Björk. The album’s first single, “Crystalline,” is available now. The groundbreaking director and longtime Björk collaborator Michel Gondry is creating a music video for the song.

II. APPS:
The Biophilia Apps (http://itunes.com/apps/biophilia) are a collection of ten apps, one for each song, which will be available via the central Cosmogony “mother app,” coming from One Little Indian/Nonesuch Records.  This platform will serve as a three-dimensional galaxy in which the initial apps appear as constellations, and the others are added to the collection at regular intervals thereafter.

Every app has its own theme (in connection with its corresponding song) and combines a natural element with a musicological feature. The layers of content in each app include: an interactive game based on the song’s scientific and musical subject matter, a musical animation of the song, an animated score, lyrics, and an academic essay. The game enables the user to interact with musical elements of the song and to learn about different musical features while creating their own version; the musical animation and animated music score bring together conventional and innovative ways of representing music visually; and the academic essay explores the ideas behind each song and app and how they are realized musically.

The Biophilia Apps have been developed with a team chosen by Björk, comprising ten of the most groundbreaking and commercially successful app developers working today. The team is lead by Scott Snibbe Studio, creator of the bestselling apps Gravilux and Bubble Harp, and includes the creator of Sim City, TouchPress (pioneering designers behind the two top grossing apps Elements and Solar System), and a host of award winning designers, animators and leading experts in coding and encryption.

III. LIVE SHOWS:
The Biophilia live show will have its world premiere on 6/30 as part of the Manchester International Festival and continues as a three-year world tour of six-week residencies in eight different cities. In each city Björk will perform Biophilia twice a week, using the apps to play live a set of custom built musical instruments and evoking an atmosphere similar to being inside the app itself. For the rest of the week the venues will host a series of music-education workshops in collaboration with local schools.

Björk has commissioned a set of unique musical instruments to accompany her on the live tour. The team who created these instruments include an English inventor, an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of MIT Media Lab. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, in which the swinging motion plucks the strings and illustrates the songs’ gravitational subject matter. There is also a unique 10-foot pin barrel harp called the Sharpsichord, a midi-controlled pipe organ and celeste (re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars), twin musical tesla coils, a hang player and an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir. The Biophilia Live Show takes place in specially chosen spaces and museums, rather than traditional music venues. Björk will perform in the round to audiences of less than 2,000 people to create an intimate experience in which all audience members are within 20-feet of the stage.

IV.  DOCUMENTARY:
A 90-minute documentary on the Biophilia project is currently being filmed by Pulse Films. The film will be an exploration of Björk’s creative process as she puts together the different elements of the project. Here we will see her at work in the rehearsals for the live show, in the studio working on the album, and through observational footage, interview and demonstration we will discover how the project was conceived and realized. Along the way we will also discover more about the fascinating relationship between music and the natural world. The climax of this element of the film will be the unveiling of her project; the premiere live performance of Biophilia.  The documentary will be broadcast later in the Biophilia campaign.

V. WEBSITE
www.bjork.com has been re-launched for Biophilia, using the very latest HTML5 technology. The site is now uniquely animated and interactive to provide an artist website experience totally unlike any other. It features a unique immersive 3D galaxy with versions that can be enjoyed on almost all devices, and will be the hub for all Biophilia information.

For more information, please contact Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., tel: 212.741.1000.