Karen Kimmel & James Bond

Creator Homes: Listening Together With Karen Kimmel And James Bond

Karen Kimmel and James Bond are a couple of creative powerhouses. Kimmel is a multi-disciplinary artist who also consults for a slew of major brands, while Bond is the founder of cult streetwear line Undefeated. We visited their mid-century abode in Los Feliz, where they live–and listen–with their two children. Karen, you work with an incredibly diverse range of mediums. How do you describe what you do? Karen: People are comfortable with categories because it makes it easy to define things, but as an artist, I like playing in a lot of different forums. I like to be open but drawing is where things start, where ideas begin. Visual stuff has…

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Introducing the Sonos One

The Making of Sonos One, the Smarter Speaker

How Sonos built a more open-minded smart speaker in the era of Big Tech. When Sonos decided to build a voice-controlled speaker, it was as much a strategic shift as it was a new product. Not only did our team face the challenge of creating a voice-enabled speaker for a multi-room sound system—something no one had yet done—but we were now going head to head with some of the biggest technology companies in the world. Thankfully, Sonos has been focused on reinventing home audio for over 15 years.That track record of innovation and experience leadership would lend itself well to the task at hand: building a new way to listen. There are plenty of so-called smart speakers out there, but the…

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Using Immersive Sound To Bring The Big Game To Life

Is it really the “big game” if it sounds small? We would argue—at the risk of sounding a bit self-serving—that no, it’s not. Hear us out: It doesn’t matter how pristine the picture is on that giant new 4K television. Not even a pricey pair of stereo speakers will really do it justice. If you aren’t immersing yourself in every sonic detail of every play on Sunday—grunts, crunches, halftime melodies, and all—you’re missing out.   Thankfully, there’s a solution: Immersive sound. We didn’t invent the concept, but Sonos does make it easier than ever to fill each room of your home with sound in a way that envelopes you and your guests without being overbearing. Notice we’re not saying…

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Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Join the battle for the net

Join the battle for the net We’re grateful for and inspired by everyone who joined us in support of net neutrality this weekend. The tweets, which you can see below, reflect the urgency of this issue and the diversity of artists and organizations standing shoulder to shoulder in support. Our next action will be February 27. Please consider joining the fight at www.battleforthenet.com.https://twitter.com/pearljam/status/957681102075838469?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eios%7Ctwgr%5Ecom.apple.UIKit.activity.MessageMusic needs #netneutrality. We stand with 22 states and millions of people so artists can thrive without gatekeepers killing their creativity. https://t.co/lqrUHkGrFh…

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Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality As the music industry descends on New York for The Grammys, we’re taking action to defend the net neutrality policies that culture and creativity need to thrive. Here’s how you can get involved.Something is different in New York City today. While it may seem like business as usual in Manhattan, you’ll notice that something odd, if you look closely: The windows of the Sonos Store at 101 Greene Street are blacked out. The doors are locked. Sorry, we’re closed. It might…

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Why Open Matters

Why Open MattersWith Sonos, we promise you’ll never hit a dead end. That’s because our smart speaker system is designed to tap into just about any piece of sonic culture you can imagine. Since our early days, we’ve been agnostic about the sources of music and audio you can hear on Sonos, preferring to stay open-minded and let you make the choices. If it’s not available on big tech music subscription services, try Spotify, TuneIn or some of the other music services on Sonos. And if your current itch is too obscure for any of our more than 80 streaming partners to scratch, you can always hook up your turntable or stereo directly to Sonos using a Connect. Whether it’s music, movies, podcasts,…

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Song Stories: David Bowie

Songs are more than just music. They are the glue that sticks memories, friendships and relationships together. The right song, listened to closely and in good company, can be the most evocative thing.   This is what Sonos Song Stories is about: letting people talk about the memories that come to mind when a certain song starts to play – and then listening to those songs again with a group of music lovers.    At the first Song Stories events in London and New York, people came together to talk about the music of the late great David Bowie. One of the most iconic rock stars of all time, Bowie meant so many different things to so many different people across the world, partly…

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Alex Valdman Stays in Motion with Music

Creative director at cycling mainstay Rapha, Alex Valdman leads a team tasked with discovering and developing products that respond to a cyclist’s holistic needs. While at his historic London home, he uses music and sound to communicate with his young daughter. What do you do as Rapha’s creative director? I’ve been at Rapha for almost four years and I’m in charge of anything the customer touches, smells, feels, tastes – that includes products, digital, and physical spaces. There’s a huge team working hard to make something that is more expressive than literal. Rapha is at the cutting edge of cycling culture. Are you a cyclist yourself?…

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Listen Better : Sonos Social Impact

Boom Boom Room

Boom-Boom Room CES is here CES is here, and we’re ready to make it go ‘boom.’ You won’t hear any conversations quite like the ones in the Tech Boom Boom Room, where a diverse group of female leaders will lead four intimate and insightful discussions about tech, culture and leadership on Tuesday, January 9. Here’s the agenda (all times are in PST):   12:00pm – Welcome from Joy Howard, CMO, Sonos 12:10pm – Session 1: Inspiring the Next Generation of Artists and Engineers The future is female. The future is diverse. The future is accepting. The future is inclusive. Millennial expectations are changing greatly and our industries must be poised to meet the moment. How do we inspire…

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An update on Sonos v. Denon

On Friday, Sonos won a jury verdict finding willful infringement of Sonos’s patents in the first of our two-trial patent infringement suit against Denon. The jury’s verdict validates a decision we made back in October 2014 to hold Denon accountable for a blatant copying effort with their HEOS product line. The verdict underscores our belief in genuine innovation and mutual respect for intellectual property as a basis for healthy competition as well as partnership. We’re proud of our story – of how we started and what we invented, and we continue to win new admirers in the industry and among music lovers. Despite being much smaller than most of the others on the list, IEEE Spectrum ranks us…

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