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 his own door. He ushers me into the front room of his East Village brownstone — busy, unkempt and fully lived-in — to drop my coat off and wait a minute. I am, it seems, early, and Glass is still busy with his previous task. As I peel layers that protected me from a frosty New York afternoon, Glass shuffles into the next room over — the music room, it turns out — and gets back to quietly, intently banging out single notes on a piano. Let me tell you, there is no feeling like the feeling you get when you realize that you have accidentally interrupted Philip Glass — among the most influential American composers of…

PLAYBASE brings Gorillaz’ Spirit House to life

PLAYBASE brings Gorillaz Spirit House to life

This month sees the launch of Gorillaz’ first album in six years – 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 April 21 onwards,…

Interview with Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib talks music, fashion, and more at Sonos Home Paris

This frenetic week is finally ending for Hanni El Khatib. In between of the release of his new album, Savage Times (on march 3rd) and the launch of his clothing collection he designed for HUF, the Californian rock musician has a busy schedule. His vocal cords are tired but he’s happy to be here, at the Sonos’ House. Comfortably settled on a couch, in the middle of the pop-up store he set up here for the week-end, Hanni seems to feel at home. He talks about his new album, how he likes to curate playlists, and about his free and raw connection towards creation.    Can you tell me about the story of Savage Times : how did you conceive it ? I didn’t conceive it as an album. It…

We caught up with “the furniture pimp” Jim Walrod to talk living, listening and what makes his Chinatown space a very soulful space indeed.

“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 extravagant interiors – from hotels and nightclubs, to rockstars' pads and billionaires' playgrounds. So it might come as a surprise that his own apartment lies on a blue-collar block in New York’s Chinatown, entered through a hardware store and up three steep flights of stairs. Inside, however, the appeal of the place is obvious. Vast windows. Soaring ceilings. And 2,000 square feet of space in which to…

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 loud at home could affect relationships. We showed that homes filled with music were happier, closer, more loving. So with such powerful benefits, why aren’t we all listening to more music together, why isn’t every home filled with music?…

The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

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

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…

Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos Playlist Potluck.

Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos & Spotify Playlist Potluck.

POTLUCK /pätˈlək/ noun North American: A meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish. PLAYLIST /plāˌlist/ noun A list of songs to soundtrack a mood or event. PLAYLIST POTLUCK /plāˌlist pätˈlək/ noun A collaborative dinner party where each guest brings a unique dish and music to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCPyGj9rNE&feature=youtu.be One of the most vital ingredients to a successful dinner party is the music – whether it be the topic of conversation, an ice-breaker with a stranger, or the soundtrack to your event. With streaming music becoming more and more popular every year, playlists are becoming the preferred way to curate our social gatherings. As the…

The London Sonos Studio

The London Design Festival at Sonos Studio

We’ve got a packed line-up down at the studio for this year’s London Design Festival. Join us to celebrate home listening through design, interiors and maker culture: Workshop: ‘Relaxed Fluidity’ with Hole & Corner – Sat 17th & Sun 18th September Our favourite craft journal Hole & Corner hosts two maker workshops celebrating music’s role in inspiring a more creative home. You’ll be able to craft some unique art guided by a custom playlist soundtrack from furniture designer Yinka Ilori (Saturday) and ceramicist Stephanie Buttle (Sunday). Register for Yinka Ilori Workshop  Register for Stephanie Buttle Workshop Talk: ‘Listening by Design’ with It’s Nice That…

September Events at 101 Greene St.

September Events at 101 Greene St.

There's a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store. Come listen. WEEK TWO 9/8 | GROUPLOVE Listening Session Join the band for a rare pre-release premiere of their new album “Big Mess”. (6 - 8PM)  WEEK THREE 9/12 | The First Listen - How To Dress Well "Care" Join Tom Krell (How To Dress Well) at the store for a first listen of his new album "Care" before it arrives Sept. 23 on Domino Records.  9/14 | The Big Quiet MediCircle Get centered at 101 Greene St. as The Big Quiet hosts a guided meditation session. (8 - 10PM) 9/15 | Vinyl Me Please Happy Hour Drinks on us. Soundtrack courtesy of our friends at Vinyl Me Please. (5 - 7PM) WEEK FOUR 9/26 | Brooklyn Craft Terrarium Workshop Come through…

Sounds of Seattle

Sounds of Seattle

Is there a better place to be than Seattle? Not if you ask the folks that call it home. We recently had the pleasure of getting together with some of Seattle’s finest under one fantastically designed Airbnb pad. Music was of course pouring through every room all weekend (as was the wine). So as a souvenir, we asked some of these fabulous folks to share their soundtrack to Seattle, the tracks that inspire them daily and fill their home. Sub Pop Records“Seattle is our home. It’s simply impossible to imagine Sub Pop existing anywhere else. The music from this region and the community that supports it is not only vital to our success, it’s what inspires us to keep doing what we…

Soundtracks to the City: New York

Soundtracks to the City: New York

To celebrate the arrival of the Sonos flagship store in Soho, we asked some of NY’s finest to share their personal soundtracks to the city. Listen out loud: THURSTON MOORE Thurston Moore & Walter SchreifelsRAKIM Rakim “I don’t like to keep it [the music] in my ears for too long myself. It feels like it cuts everything else off. When you listen to music on speakers, you can enjoy it, you can think about it. It might be a memory, might be a moment. Might be something going on.” – RakimEL – P Miss Info & El PNANCY WHANG Nancy Whang & Doris“For me, enjoying music means being in a space, and hearing it around me. Listening to music on speakers is…