David Attenborough




  • Tournée Biophilia 2011-2013

David Attenborough

Conseil scientifique - Narration

Né en 1926 à Londres, David Attenborough est réalisateur, rédacteur scientifique et chercheur naturaliste. Il est le « monsieur nature » de la BBC.
Il rejoint la chaîne en 1950 où très rapidement il devient la voix et le référent des documentaires scientifiques et animaliers qui révolutionnent le genre. Il a été à la fois acteur et technicien, scénariste et réalisateur, producteur de la BBC. Ses émissions et sa personnalité sont très appréciés des téléspectateurs anglais.

Travail avec Björk

  • interview de Björk dans le livre Björk as a book
  • voix off pour la narration lors des concerts et pour l’application Biophilia

À propos de David Attenborough

“I kind of look at myself as a David Attenborough kind of figure, he used to be my idol when I was a kid. He’s like the narrator. That’s what I do with the music, l’m such a fan of all the sounds and notes and everything, I could step out of my singing. That’s probably what David Attenborough would like to do, just get people there and watch the snails have sexual intercourse, or whatever they do on nature programmes. Introduce the two together, the audience and the animals, or what I do, the audience and the music.”

Björk, Mixmag, 1993

I never really watch television as a kid. My mum was like a bit of a hippie.
The one thing i did see to my grand parents’ house, was the David Attenborough nature programme and they became kind of like an obsession of mine. Just the optimism, his generosity, his enthousiam and how he mixed them together to be educational because i love learning about new things. I’m really really curious.
But also It’s a sort of poetic, i think he made that into a beautful, graceful thing.

Björk, BBC Radio 6 Music


The music industry also has a massive carbon footprint – have you caught up with Bjork recently ?
“I have to be quite straightforward and say I’m not into the music scene really, but when I worked with Bjork [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 ! She’s very up to the mark and very concerned with the relationship between human beings and the natural world. 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.”

David Attenborough, NME

Icelandic singer Bjork opened her world tour by unveiling a series of quirky multimedia designs inspired by award-winning naturalist Sir David Attenborough.


If this heady symposium of life sciences, ethnomusicology and Apple-branded geekery all seems rather forbidding, comfort is at hand. The soothing tones of David Attenborough provide a preamble tonight ; his disembodied voice periodically pops back to introduce the new tracks, raising a Pavlovian feeling of cosiness every time. Getting Attenborough to intone things such as "Cosmogony… music of the spheres… equilibrium," is a fabulous coup that is never quite equalled as the show goes on.


When Björk met you for the first time, she said she was more starstruck than she ever has been in her life…
She didn’t say that to me ! It is an immortal moment in my mind.
She also praised your "explorer spirit"…
I beg your pardon ? That’s not what I had in mind at all. I thought it was my biceps. Bloody explorer spirit - that doesn’t get me anywhere ! I thought she was absolutely captivating : an extraordinary, fey creature. Enchanting. She didn’t play me her album but said she wanted to speak to me and have lunch in a West End restaurant. After the very distinguished Jane Bown from the Observer had taken the picture, Björk suggested she leave us. There was a question of whether there was going to be a recordist there to capture this conversation but Björk said certainly not, as she’d do it herself. It was to my very great pleasure and we had a very long lunch of about two-and-a-half hours. Two days later her agent rings me up and says, "I’m terribly sorry but Björk hadn’t turned on the recorder correctly. Can she have another lunch ?" I said, "Absolutely !"

David Attenborough, gq-magazine.co.uk