David Attenborough reflects on working with Björk and her "strange, original music"
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David Attenborough reflects on working with Björk and her “strange, original music”

David Attenborough has been discussing the time when he worked with Björk in 2013 and conceded that she made “strange music”.

The duo worked together on the Channel 4 documentary When Björk Met Attenborough which was aired for the first time on 27th July 2013 in conjunction with Pulse Films and One Little Indian Records. Partly filmed at the Natural History Museum in London, the documentary features an encounter between Icelandic singer-songwriter and musician Björk and English broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough. Together, they discuss the nature of music and the intersection between music, nature and technology. It also follows the singer as she prepares for her Biophilia Tour, along with rehearsal and studio recording.

“I have to be quite straightforward and say I’m not into the music scene really,” Attenborough said to NME. “But when I worked with Björk [for a 2013 Channel 4 documentary] I took her interest in me as a considerable intellectual compliment.”

“She’s a very original person and said some very nice things. I mean it’s strange music but it’s very original music,” he continued. “She’s very up to the mark and very concerned with the relationship between human beings and the natural world.”

Adding: “I don’t know whether that’s a prominent characteristic of the Icelandic character, but I suspect, having been in Iceland, she has a relationship with the natural world which some of us urban dwellers of the South don’t have.”

The documentarian then went on to speak about the pandemic and how that might change the fight against climate change, “if there is hope that can come out of it then that may arise from the whole world having experienced a shared threat and found a sense that we are all in it together,” he noted hopefully.

“The same unique brains and communication skills that fuelled the development of our civilisations now have access to technologies and institutions that allow all nations of the world to collaborate and cooperate should we choose to do so,” he concluded.

See a trailer of the show, below.

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