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Magic Leap tips its mixed-reality hand with a Sigur Rós app


According to a new report at Pitchfork, however, part of the tech might just be concerned with music. Iceland’s own Sigur Rós has been working with Magic Leap for the past four years, says Pitchfork, on a new audiovisual project called Tónandi, an app that might show up on a Magic Leap device. Pitchfork‘s Marc Hogan got to try out a 10-minute demo of the app, which he says felt like “an entire ecosystem (made) out of sound.” As you can see below, it’s a dreamy sort of aesthetic, and Hogan notes that the app was well aware of his surroundings, instead of just dropping virtual objects on top of real ones.

Image credit: Magic Leap/Pitchfork

While Hogan praises his time in the rig, which he is strictly unable to describe thanks to non-disclosure agreements (no surprise there), he also notes that Tónandi is still somewhat of a work in progress, and a solution searching for a problem. Even the tech-savvy band is at odds to figure out a definitive purpose for the app. Lead singer Jónsi Birgisson told Hogan, “This could maybe replace everything that we know: phones, TVs, computers…”

Bassist Hólm has a more prosaic idea. “This could be the new way to release an album,” he said. “Maybe this is the future of that.” If nothing else, this new experience shows us another tantalizing, yet limited glimpse of Magic Leap’s mixed reality plans as we all hope for an actual product release… some day.



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