Björk’s 2015 album Vulnicura is being re-released this Friday (September 6) as a virtual reality experience. The VR album includes many of the visuals that toured museums as part of the Björk Digital exhibition, as well as a new 360-degree animated score by Stephen Malinowski for each song on the album.
“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 said in a statement. “We then filmed it on a 360 camera on a beach in Iceland in November 2014.”
“The whole process has been an improvisation, trying to keep faith in formats,” she added. “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.”
In 2016, we spoke to filmmaker Jesse Kanda about making the VR video for Vulnicura’s “Mouth Mantra” by shooting inside a replica of the inside of Björk’s mouth. The video will be part of the Vulnicura VR album.