Björk is launching a new podcast series called ‘Björk: Sonic Symbolism.’ Here’s what we know.
The new podcast will feature a first-person reflection on the textures, timbres, and emotional landscapes that characterize the creation of each of Björk’s albums. Each episode of the series is focused on a single installment in Björk’s expansive catalog, capturing not only the creative inspirations but the changing phases of life that came in between.
“When I get asked about the differences of the music of my albums, I find it quickest to use visual short cuts,” Björk shared with her friends Oddny Eir and Asmundur Jonsson. “That’s kind of why my album covers are almost like homemade tarot cards.”
“The image on the front might seem like just a visual moment, but for me it is simply describing the sound of it. I try to express it with the color palette, the textures of the textiles, with what I am holding, the posture I am in, and the angle of it shows its relationship to the world.”
“Also, the emotion of the mouth tries to share the overall mood of the album. Perhaps you can call it some sort of a sonic symbolism? Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years, and it is not a coincidence this is also how long it takes to make an album or a film. The podcast is an experiment to capture which moods, timbres, and tempos were vibrating during each of these phases,” Björk concludes.
The first three episodes of Björk: Sonic Symbolism will be released on September 1, 2022. These three episodes will explore the worlds of Debut, Post, and Homogenic. New installments will continue to come out each week to focus album by album, with each episode about 40 to 50 minutes in length.
“What an unbelievable honor and privilege to work with Björk to tell these stories, her stories,” says Ian Wheeler, Founder of Talkhouse Creative Studio. “We’re so grateful to Björk for letting us in, and to Oddný Eir, Ásmundur Jónsson, Christian Koons, Anna Gyða and Derek Birkett – as well as our partners at Mailchimp – for their invaluable roles in bringing this to life.”