Just when you thought it was safe to tread in the waters of your favorite app store -- Radiohead have released a new Radiohead app called PolyFauna. The band is saying that the app is influenced by the King of Limbs sessions, focusing especially on the song " Bloom." Its available for iOS and Android, and the band made a good choice to do a separate iPad app for iOS instead of just making an iPhone app and calling it an iPad app.
A quick run through Radiohead's PolyFauna app proves it to be as much something to sit and watch as it is to interact with. The app goes into play mode after some opening credits, playing parts of Radiohead songs and allowing you to draw on the screen. App users are encouraged to "follow the red dot," which appears and disappears as you travel through different landscape and audio segments. Tilt /Turn / Draw is what the app suggests. It's an interesting way to interact with Radiohead's music.
There's also an option to click through to the Radiohead website (and you can cleverly resume the app where you left off when you come back), as well an option to take a screen capture of what you've created at any point during the way. The app suggests that you can "share" the screen captures, although at the time of writing, I haven't found a way to do that yet.
Drawing in the app creates spiky objects and strange shapes. Using two fingers on the screen steers you in different directions. Catching up to the red dot brings you to a new landscape and a different audio section.
The PolyFauna app is also locationally-aware, meaning if you meaning that you'll have to get up and move around to interact with it to steer yourself around. Look for a review of the Radiohead app PolyFauna on Spacelab in the future.
Thom Yorke released a small blurb on the Radiohead website, saying " It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.
Your screen is the window into an evolving world. Move around to look around. You can follow the red dot. You can wear headphones."