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Venice Virtual Reality
Sigur Rós, Sarah Hopper, Mike Tucker, Steve Mangiat
Magic Leap Studios (Rebecca Barkin, Elisabeth Gonzalez), Dan Lehrich, Bryan Jury
Running Time:
no dialogues
USA, Iceland
Sigur Rós
Music Director:Paul Corley
Lead engineer:John Cannon
Field recordings:Chris Watson
Development support:Russel Dumornay
Additional music production:Kjartan Holm
Additional concept art:Nick Sheehy


Together with Sigur Rós we set out to discover and manifest the DNA of their signature sound in a new reality. The result of the collaboration is Tónandi, which translates to ‘sound spirit’ in Icelandic. On the journey into the three thematic worlds of Tónandi, you will encounter a variety of creatures which form a dynamic, musical soundscape. Each species will unveil their unique musical patterns and properties through simple, natural interactions from your fingertips. You may find vegetation growing up walls, or a flock of birds struggling to fly within a confined space. Each playthrough and experience will be unique in its own way.

Directors’ Statement

The creative process with emerging technology wasn’t linear and the team was constantly being confronted with new challenges that we hadn’t faced before in any other project. It was a unique and enlightening process. We had to move outside of our established working processes and think about how the sound and the visuals occupied a 3D space that would be different each time. The aim was to create an experience that goes beyond the technology and touches the user on an instinctive and emotional level where the world of Tónandi meshes with their own individual environment. In this magical space they can exist in harmony with this new world and merge with the music of Sigur Rós in a way that has never been possible before.


PRODUCTION: Rebecca Barkin, Elisabeth Gonzalez – Magic Leap Studios
7500 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33322
33322 – Plantation, USA
Tel. 1 833) 456-2442

PRESS OFFICE: Julia Gaynor - Magic Leap
7500 W Sunrise Blvd
33322 - Plantation, USA

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