Anorak News | Radiohead Release Mildly Diverting Music App, Probably Dubbed ‘Revolutionary’

Radiohead Release Mildly Diverting Music App, Probably Dubbed ‘Revolutionary’

by | 13th, February 2014


RADIOHEAD, sulkiest of the sulky, a band so pious that they’ve had their blood replaced with sour grape juice, have released a new thing. They’ve not bothered with vinyl or CD or even a download which pretends to be free. No, they’ve worked with studio Universal Everything to create a ‘living, breathing, growing touchscreen environment’.

It is called the PolyFauna app, which can download for nothing on your phone and has been made as a collab with the band, Universal Everything, producer Nigel Godrich and artist Stanley Donwood.

Apparently, it uses sounds and imagery from the song Bloom, from Radiohead’s The King of Limbs LP and you can draw shapes, interact with stuff and create “an immersive, expansive world”.

Thom Yorke says, “[PolyFauna] comes from an interest in early computer-life experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.”

Or, if you prefer, it is pretty much the same as those Brian Eno apps he put in the appstore ages ago, where you jab at your touchscreen, making noodly ambient bollocks which annoys anyone sat near you and keeps you entertained for a whole minute before it gets forgotten about and is only revived when you’re showing someone how to use a smartphone for the first time.

Or, if you prefer-prefer, Radiohead have helped to recreate one of those diverting ambient soundscape games you used to be able to get on the PlayStation One, which were only enjoyed by people who smoked far too much weed resin and stayed up too late, preferring to interact with awful synth-pads instead of watching ITV Nightscreen for the third month running.

Have a look at it here. Radiohead fans – feel free to stroke your balls while pontificating on the band’s genius.

Radiohead / Polyfauna from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

Posted: 13th, February 2014 | In: Music, Technology Comment | TrackBack | Permalink