sigur rós and magic leap have been working together for five years, exploring and expanding the frontiers of musical creation within ‘mixed reality’. tónandi is the first fruit of that collaboration, and perhaps even a glimpse of the future of music.
together we have created a place in the here and now, where the ‘sound spirits’ of sigur rós’s music can be played with and altered using your hands. a place where spatial sounds are visible all around you and ready to respond to every interaction.
tónandi is a step into a new reality.
a look behind the evolution of tónandi. hearing from sigur rós, their creative team and the magic leap studios team talking about spatial audio, sound spirits, and creating music that you can touch
“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”
“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