Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro app available at iTunes App Store

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Enhanced Editions and Faber and Faber announced the launch of The Death of Bunny Munro App on the App Store. The app, which includes an enhanced e-book, cutting edge audiobook and videos of Cave reading the book, is exclusively available to iPhone and iPod touch users. It is a landmark release of a book for which Nick Cave wrote the first chapter on his own iPhone.

The Death of Bunny Munro App includes an unabridged audiobook read by Nick Cave, featuring an original soundtrack by Cave and long-time musical collaborator Warren Ellis. It is produced and sound-directed by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. The audiobook features a groundbreaking 3D audio spatial mix, specifically designed for listening on headphones, creating an immersive experience for the listener that is unprecedented for an audiobook. Forsyth and Pollard enlisted a team of leading acousticians at Arup Acoustics in New York to plot the sound in both physical and emotional three-dimensional spaces.

“The idea of creating a book which can be experienced in different ways is exciting for me. Iain and Jane, with Arup, have created a groundbreaking audio journey which allows the listener to experience the book in a hitherto unprecedented third dimension,” said Nick Cave. “Enhanced Editions have brilliantly entwined reading, listening to and viewing the story. The fact that the reader can choose his or her own experience is interesting because the true meaning of a book lies in the reader’s own interpretation and the circumstances of that interpretation.”

The e-book has been created by Enhanced Editions, a new e-book production house co-founded by Peter Collingridge of the digital design company Apt Studio, working in partnership with Canongate Books. As well as familiar e-book features such as the ability to change font size, and bookmark pages, the Enhanced Edition also includes the ability to switch between audio and text versions of the book or watch videos, which radically change the reading experience.

The app has been developed in partnership with Canongate Books in the UK, Harper Collins in Canada and Text Publishing in Australia.

“We are seizing the opportunity presented by the revolutionary iPhone to offer consumers a more immersive and memorable reading experience than current e-readers, whilst honouring the best traditions of book design,” said Peter Collingridge. “We are confident that this enhanced edition of Nick’s brilliant novel will bring new readers to the book who will also be delighted by the audio and visual features.”

“We set out to create an immersive and transportive 3D listening experience. We’ve not heard anything like this before – the result sits somewhere between a film soundtrack, a radio play and an hallucination,” said Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. “Working from fragments of music provided by Warren and Nick, we introduced real-world sound effects, and then sent this to Arup with a spatialisation script to construct a complete soundscape for the narrative designed not only to enhance your experience but also to disturb and interrupt it. For example, you hear sounds occupy the acoustic space inside Bunny’s canary yellow Punto, you hear the infrasonic rumblings of elephants mating on the TV in the corner of the room and you experience the sound of fear rising from the pit of your stomach…”

Dan Franklin, Digital Editor at Canongate Books says: ‘Both the enhanced e-book and audiobook deliver on the promise of the digital era in books, first and foremost because of Nick Cave’s multi-faceted creative talent, but also because of the skills, flair and collaborative ethic of Warren Ellis, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Enhanced Editions and Arup Acoustics.  This is the real deal.’


Other features include:

– Synchronisation between the audiobook and written text, allowing the reader to switch from reading to listening without losing his or her place.

– Eleven videos of Cave reading from the book, filmed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

– Option for fans to receive exclusive news from the author.

– Ability to tilt the device to scroll the text.

– Option to share quotes from the book with others by email.

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