The PolyFaunic sound of Radiohead

For its latest release, Radiohead has shunned CDs and downloads, and instead worked with studio Universal Everything to create a ‘living, breathing, growing touchscreen environment’.

The PolyFauna app, which can be downloaded for free for iOS and Android, has been developed by Universal Everything in collaboration with Radiohead, producer Nigel Godrich and artist Stanley Donwood, who has worked with Radiohead since the mid-90s.

PolyFauna

It uses sounds from, and imagery developed for, the song Bloom, from Radiohead’s 2011 album The King of Limbs.

PolyFauna

PolyFauna presents ‘an immersive, expansive world’, according to its makers.

PolyFauna

Through a touchscreen interface, users can enter and interact with a world of weather, sunsets, mountains and forests.

PolyFauna

You can draw and create your own shapes, navigate through the landscape and follow a navigational red dot.

PolyFauna

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke says, ‘[PolyFauna] comes from an interest in early computer-life experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.

PolyFauna

Other influences, according to Universal Everything, include the landscape paintings of Turner and Peter Doig and the computational life forms of Karl Sims.

PolyFauna can be downloaded for free for iOS and Android.

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