Murdoc Niccals Takes Us Inside Gorillaz Spirit House & Beyond

We recently created an immersive audio and visual experience with Gorillaz called the Spirit House to celebrate the launch of their new album, Humanz and the launch of our new PLAYBASE. We had the opportunity to sit down with Murdoc and talk Spirit House inspiration, listening out loud, and movie soundtracks.    Tell us a bit about what a Spirit House is? It’s a cocktail bar, isn’t it? Ah, no, I get you. The other kind. Well, Spirit Houses are audio-visual chateaux through which you can live out your Gorillaz fantasies. You ears and eyes will be penetrated by music and mind-altering visuals, through state-of-the-art tech and physical installations. Plus, there’s a ton of…

Reimagining the future of fashion with music and technology

Our visit to Borre Akkersdijk’s home marks the continuation of our special collaboration between Sonos and Freunde von Freunden.    Borre Akkersdijk heads up the studio of his namesake brand Byborre in Amsterdam West, producing textiles that push the boundaries of wearable technology. Fashion and music are often riffing off each other, deeply linked by the creatives who breathe life into these industries. Borre takes the literal inspiration of each industry, merging the two and creating pieces that are not only attention-grabbing, but also thought-provoking. His music-playing onesie to help dementia patients communicate was featured at SXSW and pushed the dialogue about the…

“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…

Cause e disturbi del Silenzio della casa

Cause e disturbi del Silenzio della casa

Il Silenzio della casa prolifera in quelle abitazioni in cui l’assenza di musica inasprisce lo stress e le pressioni della vita moderna. In case dove le persone vivono le une accanto alle altre, ma non insieme. È un problema che affligge più di due terzi delle nostre abitazioni. Lo scorso anno, abbiamo condotto un esperimento per verificare se l’ascolto di musica a tutto volume a casa propria avesse effetti sulle relazioni. Abbiamo dimostrato che le case piene di musica sono più felici, più unite, più ricche di amore. Ebbene, alla luce di questi incredibili benefici, perché non ascoltiamo tutti più musica assieme? Perché ogni casa non è piena di musica?…

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.…

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…

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…

Play Music from Spotify Straight to Sonos with Spotify Connect

We’ve teamed up with Spotify to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love on Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing, and hear it all throughout…

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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…

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…

SONOS x KBH: Furniture with Sound Design

Are you sitting comfortably? Chances are you aren’t sitting at all. Technology’s changed the way we read, the way we live and – of course – the way we listen. But it also has a habit of taking center stage at home when we’d really rather spend time doing what matters. Enjoying the music. From removing the need for that RCA jungle to designing sub woofers that don’t need hiding out of view, we’re on a bit of a quest to help us all listen better and live a simpler, less cluttered life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgOJ9WOh95c It’s this mission that’s opened a lot of doors to working with folks that share the same values. Stripping back to the bare essentials to make the basics sing. That’s…

The New Sonos Sub: A Vision In White

Soul-shaking sound. Heart-pounding design. One-button setup. Just a few of the qualities that made the Sonos SUB such a welcome addition to the homes of music and home cinema lovers the world over. As the new all-white version becomes available, we caught up with the folks behind the bass to find out what made the original SUB so special and what the refresh means for home design today: “Once we decided that we were going to make a SUB, we were trying to tackle two problems,” explains Mieko Kusano, Senior Director of Product Management. “One – typical subs are just pretty ugly! Two – most are basically designed as large cubes making them very inflexible to place. We wanted to…

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