With "The Book of Sand" composer Michel van der Aa has invented a completely new genre: the digital, interactive song cycle. Created in partnership with the Holland Festival, Sydney Festival, Google Cultural Institute, BBC The Space and other partners, and created exclusively in digital format.

Inspired by the allusions to infinity and the use of mazes and mirrors in the fantastical stories of Jorge Luis Borges, Van der Aa puts you in a space where all places in the world exist simultaneously. A young woman (played by the Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke) collects up sand which is being moved between the film layers by a mysterious machine.

Three parallel film layers reveal alternative points of view and introduce new elements to the story, which allows you to choose a new route through the narrative at any point by swiping between the layers.

This App doesn't need an internet connection to function, it contains all necessary content.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

This version improves support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Hansgr1 ,

Erg mooi!

Op zich al, maar misschien de volgende vorm van muziek video's? Knap gemaakt ook.

Frankovskie ,

Verslavende app

Vernieuwende combi van beeld en muziek; de beste videoclip van dit moment

Fedde Bergsma ,

Post Oerol; een vleugje Holland Festival

Prachtige app met fenomenale verbinding tussen muziek en beelden.


Stichting Holland Festival
283.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
© 2015 Holland Festival and Sydney Festival Ltd.


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