Radiohead: Polyfauna – An immersive, expansive world of primitive life

Inspired by atmospheric landscape painting from JW Turner to Peter Doig and the computational lifeforms of Carl Sims, Radiohead - Polyfauna is a collaboration between Radiohead, Nigel Godrich, Stanley Donwood and Universal Everything. Described as "a living, breathing, growing touchscreen environment, born from abstraction of the studio sessions from King of Limbs and the organic drawings of Stanley Donwood" by Matt Pyke, Universal Everything have created an immersive, expansive world of primitive life, weather, sunsets, mountains and forests. Every participant takes a unique journey through landscapes and sound. New scenes, sounds and creatures can be discovered on every visit.

The project began when Radiohead approached Universal Everything about creating an audio-visual collaboration. In a similar vein to the TKOLRMX series, Radiohead wanted to explore variations of the track “Bloom” from their King of Limbs album. Working with long-time producer Nigel Godrich, the band passed around various audio stems, remixing each other. The result were dozens of audio stems that, when combined, took the track in very different directions.

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