It Happened In Music: Introducing the loudspeaker

The original Magnavox On this day in 1915, the first practical application of moving-coil loudspeaker was invented by Peter Jensen and Edwin Pridham in Napa, California. The design brought together an electroacoustic transducer that produced sound in response to an electrical audio signal input—the same electro-dynamic principle that drives virtually every modern loudspeaker you use in your car, in theaters, and in your home.

The two inventors, fond of latin, translated their invention of the first open-air amplified sound or, the “great voice” into the Latin equivalent: Magna-Vox. The invention of the modern loudspeaker inspired further developments that greatly influenced the way we listen to music today.

To honor the invention that allows us all to listen out loud, we’re sharing some of the songs that frequently make it onto playlists throughout the Sonos office.  Subscribe on Spotify to listen to the playlist on Sonos, or create your own version of the mix using the track list below.

  1. “Monday” – Wilco
  2. “The Way We Get By” – Spoon
  3. “De Perros Amores” – Control Machete
  4. “Wild Horses” – The Rolling Stones
  5. “Innuendo” – Queen
  6. “Violins” – Joey Cape
  7. “Crush” – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
  8. “Walking Far From Home” – Iron and Wine
  9. “La belle et le bad boy” – MC Solaar
  10. “Hold On, Hold On” – Neko Case
  11. “My Old School” – Steely Dan
  12. “Backstreets” – Bruce Springsteen
  13. “I Put a Spell on You” — Nina Simone
  14. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2
  15. “Trouble” – Ray LaMontagne
  16. “All These Things That I’ve Done” – Killers
  17. “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” – Arcade Fire
  18. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – The Verve