10:33 pm - 02/13/2014

Radiohead launch their own PolyFauna app for iOS and Android

Radiohead have become the latest band to launch their own smartphone and tablet app, with the release of PolyFauna for Android, iPhone and iPad.

The free app is a collaboration with design agency Universal Everything, based on imagery and sounds from the song Bloom, from the band’s The King of Limbs album.

In a blog post announcing its release, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke described the app as an “experimental collaboration” that “comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious”.

The app gets fans to explore an “evolving world” by moving around and following a red dot on-screen. It’s eerie, rather beautiful, and occasionally makes you feel a bit seasick – pretty suitable for the music it’s based on, in other words.

PolyFauna is reminiscent of some of the elements of Björk’s Biophilia app, whose interactive visualisations and mini-games took their cues from the biological themes in her album of the same name.
Radiohead's PolyFauna app. Radiohead's PolyFauna app.

Other musicians to have recently released official apps include Tinie Tempah, whose Rap Demonstration app lets fans lip-sync to his new album using the star’s (virtual) mouth, and Lady Gaga, whose ARTPOP app encouraged fans to create and share animated GIFs with slogans.

Yorke and musician/producer Nigel Godrich – credited as a collaborator on PolyFauna – made headlines in 2013 with their strong criticism of streaming music service Spotify, with Yorke memorably describing it as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” in October.

However, Yorke and Radiohead have a track record of experimenting with new technology to deliver their music to fans, from Radiohead’s decision to sell their In Rainbows album direct to fans for whatever price they chose, to Yorke and Godrich’s Atoms for Peace working with startup Soundhalo to sell live recordings of live concerts.

spanishsaharaa 14th-Feb-2014 03:44 am (UTC)
None of this stuff interests me with any artist - even my favorite ones. idk.
20727 14th-Feb-2014 04:03 am (UTC)
me neither tbh
roxas39 14th-Feb-2014 04:07 am (UTC)
yeezus_christ 14th-Feb-2014 04:31 am (UTC)
until ♡chazwick bradley bundick♡ releases an app of his music accompanied by tasteful nudes of him on vacation this trend can kick rocks.
crucified 14th-Feb-2014 04:54 am (UTC)
sasstronaut 14th-Feb-2014 06:00 am (UTC)
lol same
radiohead is my fav band but i doubt i'm gonna get this
flawedinsomniac 14th-Feb-2014 03:51 am (UTC)
faeriegodfag 14th-Feb-2014 03:55 am (UTC)
... Lady Gaga, whose ARTPOP app encouraged fans to create and share animated GIFs with slogans..."

aquaecolore 14th-Feb-2014 03:58 am (UTC)
lol but radiohead + stanley have been doing weird art shit for over a decade
faeriegodfag 14th-Feb-2014 04:01 am (UTC)
I was just being sarcastic, sis.

20727 14th-Feb-2014 03:59 am (UTC)
afp > kol
mikachanyo 14th-Feb-2014 04:01 am (UTC)
I still want to get Bjork's Biophillia app but I don't have a tablet.
20727 my fav radiohead song atm:14th-Feb-2014 04:02 am (UTC)
thankyounotes 14th-Feb-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
I won't dl this. Just here to express my radiohead appreciation <3
odd_fish_stick 14th-Feb-2014 04:23 am (UTC)
Thom pls
New album
yeezus_christ fave radiohead remixes14th-Feb-2014 04:36 am (UTC)

abydosww Re: fave radiohead remixes14th-Feb-2014 10:42 am (UTC)
LOVE Climbing up the Walls.
threefourtime 14th-Feb-2014 04:38 am (UTC)
the app gives me motion sickness :( but i'm of a delicate constitution, anyway.
callista88 14th-Feb-2014 05:03 am (UTC)

such a beautiful song
sasstronaut 14th-Feb-2014 05:59 am (UTC)
ok but how bout a new ALBUM
prophecypro 14th-Feb-2014 06:43 am (UTC)
everyone getting into the music app game now
akasha6915 14th-Feb-2014 07:42 am (UTC)
I never really got into them. A friend of mine is a huge fan of them, and I am just usually like cool.
abydosww 14th-Feb-2014 10:43 am (UTC)
Love Radiohead.

That's all I can contribute.
grrlplea 14th-Feb-2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Eh, I don't know. I bought Bjork's Biophilia app and it was kind of boring. The song notes were written in a super pretentious style and the games were kind of boring except for the one for Crystalline
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