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

Magic Leap win D.I.C.E award for Sigur Rós collaboration, 'Tónandi'

At this year's D.I.C.E in Las Vegas, Tónandi received the top award for the Immersive Reality Technical Achievement category.

"Magic Leap is thrilled to have been honored by the D.I.C.E. Awards, which is widely regarded as the most credible, respected, and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, leader of the awards, has a 33,000+ membership base and we are humbled to have been recognized by our peers."

- Tónandi, Magic Leap

Tónandi included in "Best of VR" at Venice film festival 2019

Music Video Awards Festival 2019

Sigur Rós have won the jury prize for innovation for Tónandi at the Music Video Awards Festival Brazil.

Sigur Rós
Alex Somers
Kjartan Sveinsson
Paul Corley