Philip Glass on Listening (and Composing) at 80

Philip Glass on Listening (and Composing) at 80

Article by: Piotr Orlov Photography by: Danny Clinch   Philip Glass opens the front door and ushers me into the living room of his East Village brownstone house. It feels busy, unkempt and fully lived-in. I take my coat off and wait a moment. It would appear that I am early. Glass is still busy with whatever he was doing before. I gradually take off the layers protecting me from the frosty New York afternoon. Glass shuffles into the room next door, the music room as it turns out. He goes back to quietly, yet intently, sounding out single notes on the piano. I can tell you, there is no feeling quite like realising you have unintentionally interrupted Philip Glass from working on his…

PLAYBASE brings Gorillaz Spirit House to life

This month sees the launch of the first album in six years from Gorillaz – Humanz – and we’re excited to be helping them celebrate. Together, we’re creating an immersive audio and visual experience called the Spirit House – a place where fans can go deeper into the band’s dark fantasy world, be dazzled by spectacular visuals, and surround by high fidelity sound. And it’s all brought to life by PLAYBASE, the latest addition to our home theatre range and the perfect fit for this sonic adventure.    As bassist, Murdoc Niccals, puts it, “Come and bathe in high-tech sound, feast on unearthly visuals, and let the experience take you on the ultimate trip.” From 21 April…

PLAYBAR v PLAYBASE: Choose your fit

First came our popular PLAYBAR, the ideal partner for wall-mounted TVs. And now, we’ve launched our brand new PLAYBASE, designed to sit directly beneath your TV set and bring amazing sound to any room. Both look sleek, sound amazing, and give you cinema sound in your very own living room. So what differentiates the two speakers? How do they stack up on features, sound and design? And most importantly, which one’s the right fit for you? Read on to get the lowdown…Packed with great features…

Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

Rob Fissmer heads up US operations for Vitsœ and oversees the production of Dieter Rams’ iconic furniture designs. He trained as an architect, dabbled in DJing and now juggles a busy job with the joys of fatherhood. He lives high in the hills above Los Angeles with wife Elise and his two young sons, Max and Sam.   For many people, parenthood means non-stop nursery rhymes and a tide of plastic toys, but Rob’s passion for sharp design and soulful music remains undimmed. Here, he tells us how listening out loud makes family time even more special. If you knocked on Rob’s door around dinnertime, you might well find the whole family gathered in the kitchen – cooking and chatting, whilst…

Introducing Sonos PLAYBASE. The perfect fit for your TV space.

Introducing Sonos PLAYBASE. The perfect fit for your TV space. We believe that what’s on your TV is only as good as what your TV is on. So, say hello to our brand new speaker, PLAYBASE, delivering powerful home cinema sound when your TV is on, and all-encompassing music whenever it’s off.  …

“Furniture Pimp” Jim Walrod talks music waking up his home

At Sonos, we’re on a mission. We want people to switch off from work, stow away their laptops and celebrate the joy of listening out loud. It’s what we call 'waking up the silent home’ – and designer Jim Walrod is all for it.   Jim is the man behind some of the world’s most iconic and…

Causes and Conditions of the Silent Home

Causes and Conditions of the Silent Home

A Silent Home is a place where the absence of music exacerbates the stress and pressures of modern life. A home where people live side-by-side but not together. It is a problem that affects more than two thirds of our homes. Last year, we conducted an experiment to see if listening to music out…

TRUEPLAY for Playbar

In the pursuit of the best possible listening experience, designing great equipment is only half the battle. Sound is beautifully imperfect. It changes constantly from song to song and room to room, which means that even the most precisely-tuned speaker will sound different in certain environments.…

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The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

As the founder and CEO of Sonos, I am always trying to find leaders who are capable of taking Sonos to the next level. Part of that means assessing my own role. With Sonos now poised for a new phase of growth, I am excited to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence. Patrick demonstrated his leadership most recently with Sonos’ success during the holiday period, but more importantly, there isn't a person who better embodies Sonos’ values and culture. Patrick Spence (left) and John MacFarlane Patrick's leadership comes at a magical moment for Sonos. Music has made the transition to streaming. It took longer than we expected but it's fully here now, leading…

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

Along with creating what might have been the world’s most epic potluck dinner, we asked the top chefs in our Mind of a Chef Music Special to put together their ideal dinner party playlist. Just like their cooking, each one is a perfect reflection of the individual chef’s background, taste and personality. Read on to hear their selections and get inspired to create a Playlist Potluck of your own.April Bloomfield “I remember this van my dad used to call Chug-a-Boom. Me and my sisters used to sit in the back and I remember hearing ‘Under the Ivy’ by Kate Bush. I could listen back to that track and it just makes me take stock.” Chef April Bloomfield built her name on bringing the carnivorous…

Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos

We’ve teamed up with Spotify to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now you can play straight to your Sonos system from the Spotify app. Use all the features you love on Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing, and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multi-room power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet. Bring the music home. Hate missing the end of a track because you arrived back home before it finished? Spotify now lets you control your sound system from the same place as your mobile…

Sonos & Spotify bring music to the table with Playlist Potluck

Music, food and drink bring us together in a new tradition of friendship celebrations that are as important to us as family gatherings. Who are your friends? At first, it seems a simple question. But think again: when was the last time you saw your best friend? Who did you spend your weekend with? Who are the people you really care about and how do you stay close to them? Science tells us we can maintain a network of up to 150 friends but that we, really, only could count our close friends at 15. We maintain connections in their hundreds, sometimes thousands, on social media and our networks of “friends” are linked by likes and shares. We can go for months without a face to face…

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