The xx + Sonos collaborative cycle marked a milestone – a collective of artists and innovators formed by The xx exclusively for the curation of the Sonos Studio cycle. The focal installment of the cycle, entitled Missing by The xx, was created by Kyle McDonald, Aramique and Matt Mets. Missing is an interactive structure that allows studio-goers to walk through the dark emotional landscape of the eponymous track by The xx using 50 robotic Sonos speakers engineered to follow visitors’ movements. The exhibition opening and unveiling on November 15th featured Theresa Wayman and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint who dj’ed a lively mix as guests mingled and walked through the interactive installation. Experience the installation from home in the video below:
The second event of the cycle was an intimate evening of music and storytelling with Solange and Devonté Hynes to celebrate the release of their collaborative EP “True.” The evening began with a Solange + Dev collaborative playlist streaming as guests arrived and interacted with The xx Missing installation. LA Times music writer Gerrick Kennedy introduced the duo and their album before it played in its entirety. Following the album, guests were treated to candid, insider stories about the making of the album.
The third cycle event was a workshop entitled “Starting an Independent Music Label,” featuring LA’s own Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of Stones Throw Records. L.A. Record’s Chris Zeigler led the discussion as PB Wolf gave an engaging talk on the history of the label, industry standards for art selection and management, and even touched on distribution and marketing. Participants then broke out into groups to discuss and later pitch ideas to Chris and PBW.
The fourth and final event of The xx + Sonos Studio cycle was an evening of experimental music and instrumental hip hop with LA musician and producer Nosaj Thing. The night started with Nosaj’s curated MOG playlist streaming throughout the Studio, as guests explored The xx’s interactive installment. The FADER’s editor-in-chief, Matthew Schnipper, introduced the artist and led a short Q&A. The two discussed Nosaj’s forthcoming sophomore album, “Home” and delved into his history and musical influences, playing a variety of songs from groups such as Broadcast, Boards of Canada and Sweet Trip. The evening ended with Nosaj Thing himself DJing a special set while guests danced and mingled. You have until December 23rd to visit the Sonos Studio and experience this interactive installation by The xx in person. Visit Sonos.com/studio for more details.