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Polyfauna is an experimental collaboration between Radiohead, Nigel Godrich, Stanley Donwood and Universal Everything.
We were commissioned to develop the Radiohead app Polyfauna as a free, exploratory audiovisual environment, born out of the band’s The King of Limbs sessions and Stanley Donwood’s sketchbooks. A pioneering new collision between digital art and the world of apps, Polyfauna sees the creation of abstract, expanded and exploded versions of audio and visual work by the band.
Set to a lunar calendar, the mysterious, immersive Radiohead app is brought to life through touch and offers a unique set of experiences and encounters each time it’s used. Inviting the user into an expansive world of primitive life, weather, sunsets, mountains and forests, Polyfauna comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious. It is inspired by everything from the atmospheric landscape paintings of JW Turner and Peter Doig to the computational life forms of Karl Sims.
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is an updated version of Polyfauna. Polyfauna v2 marks the first time new music has been published through the app, which contains audio stems of tracks that would later appear on Thom Yorke’s solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
Creative Direction: Radiohead,
Mike Tucker, Matt Pyke
- ‘While this is not the first time that a band has created digital content… it may be one of the most enjoyable.’ – Patrick Hanlon, Forbes
- The Creators Project
- Creative Review
- Fast Company
- The Guardian
- The Guardian — article by Matt Pyke
- NME – interview with Matt Pyke
- LA Times
- Creative Applications
- The Next Web