Tónandi - Magic Leap collaboration with Sigur Rós

American start-up company 'Magic Leap,' working on developing head-mounted augmented reality technology, has collaborated with Sigur Rós to produce 'Tónandi.' Described as an "interactive audio-visual exploration of the sounds and spirit of Sigur Rós," Tónandi was recently awarded the top award for Immersive Reality Technical Achievement at this year's D.I.C.E awards. The mind-bending "spatial computing" adventure will also get a rare public demonstration at May's cutting-edge Arcosanti festival 'FORM' in Arizona this summer later this year.

“The tónandi experience is more like hiking or scuba-diving in your house while also being surrounded by supernatural beings. it’s appealingly disorienting. by the end, orchestration is sizzling—i can almost feel it—through my fingertips. when it’s over, i ask if i can go again.”

– Marc Hogan (Pitchfork)

Image courtesy of Magic Leap

“I run my hand across the grass and hear a series of plaintive tones, like a stringed instrument gently picking out all the notes in a chord. i look down and see more grass coming up out of the carpet, then some kind of pitcher plant that seems to extend its undulating mouth toward my outstretched hand, like a pet expecting a treat. it responds to my touch with a sonorous sigh.”

– Andy Hermann (Flood magazine) visits magic leap and talks to the people behind Tónandi. Read more here

Sigur Rós
Kjartan Sveinsson
Sons of Raphael
Alex Somers
Paul Corley
James Canty
Daníel Bjarnason