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Björk is re-releasing Vulnicura as a virtual reality experience

It seems Björk really can do no wrong, with artistic feats that go well beyond her incredible musical talents, from mindblowing performances to shape-shifting music videos and even a boxset of birdcall flutes, she never fails to blow us all away with her creative endeavours.

Now, she’s re-releasing her 2014 album Vulnicura as an enchanting virtual reality experience.

Björk is re-releasing her 2014 album Vulnicura as a virtual reality experience, available to the public for the first time.

The VR version of Vulnicura exhibits all of the visuals that have toured museums worldwide as part of the Björk digital exhibition, all in one publicly accessible place for the first time.

“Vulnicura VR has been a long journey which started when me and Andy Thomas Huang started talking about how we wanted to document ‘Stonemilker,’” Björk wrote in a statement. “We then filmed it on a 360 camera on a beach in Iceland in November 2014.”

She added, “The whole process has been an improvisation, trying to keep faith in formats. It is too easy for musicians to turn pessimistic after CDs have evaporated but I wanted to try to have courage to grow along with how 360 sound and vision tech was growing. With every challenge try to turn it into an additional gift for the ideology in the music.

I am someone who absolutely loves music and gets so moved by the sensation of it. When Andy proposed filming Stonemilker on the beach it was perhaps him tapping into how spatial and connected to nature my songs are. I wrote that song walking on the same beach, and filming it in 360 and sharing it in surround sound seems the most natural way to invite my listeners humbly into my music.”

Along with Stonemilker, the VR experience has visuals for Lionsong, Notget, Mouth Mantra, Quicksand, Black Lake, and Family. Each song on the album is also accompanied by a new 360º animated score by Stephen Malinowski.

Check out the trailer for Vulnicura below.

The new experience will be available to download this Friday the 6th of September.

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September 5, 2019

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