TRENDING: Björk's 'Vulnicura': The String Version

Album Features Recording of World's Only Viola Oganista
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Björk is releasing a string version of her eighth studio album, Vulnicura.

The original version of Vulnicura layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen-chair orchestra. The new version is all strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir.

To perform some of the arrangements, Björk used the only Viola Organista in the world: this instrument was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime; it uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ). The instrument was recorded in Krakow, Poland by its constructor, Sławomir Zubrzycki.

Björk says: "While I was working on Vulnicura, it became one of the most magical thing both musically and spiritually to unite the electronics and the acoustic instruments in an almost romantic way: to prove they can coexist! That positive tango was a proactive counterpoint to the lyrics of the album: The end of an union. Onion. Tears. A lot. Lol. but while working on it I felt somehow for the first time. this was an album that could take another version: A reveal, to simply have the acoustics stand on their own for the folks who wanna indulge even further into the wooden timeless side of this music with no techno. So here it is: I dug out the more close up pick-up-miked versions, other sonic point-of-views added some violin solos by the gorgeous Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and the talented Sławomir Zubrzycki, played masterfully the viola organista ( an instrument invented by Leonardo da Vinci but only recently built for the first time. It is little but like a grand piano which is bowed not plucked) Thanks to Chris Elms for mixing it. I hope you like this version too."

Listen to "Lionsong":

Watch Viola Organista creator Sławomir Zubrzycki perform on his instrument:

The album will be released via CD and Digital on the November 6th, and on vinyl on December 4.

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