Album Review: Planetarium – Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister (4AD)

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An epic sonic journey through our solar system Those familiar with the work of Sufjan Stevens will be in for a surprise with Planetarium, unless that is they have seen…

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Faber Social present: Eimear McBride on Sonics or Sort-of

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Faber Social is the unerringly cool arm of London’s Faber & Faber publishing house. Over the coming months we will be featuring exclusive essays, extracts and articles from some of…

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Society of Sound file format update

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On the 20th of April we implemented our decision to change all future Society of Sound album releases to AIFF file format, replacing the previously supplied FLAC and ALAC. We…

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Just let me hear some of that Rock ‘n’ Roll music

Music

Rock ‘n’ Roll is the well from which much of the music that we enjoy today sprung. Pretty much any genre with ‘rock’ in the name or which features the…

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Sonic Meditations #2: Professional ears

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Broadcaster and journalist Emma Warren’s monthly column on listening investigates the subtle art of mastering with Jason Goz at south London’s Transition Studios Jason Goz is sat in front of…

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What Lies Beneath

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Francesca Bono of Ofeliadorme, the Society of Sound artists for May, explores the inspiration behind their new album Secret Fires alongside a track-by-track commentary. Since the beginning we have passionately…

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Sound System

Primavera Sound 2017 Playlist Special

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Primavera Sound curator DJ Fra picks 20 tracks from artists spinning the decks of the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at this year’s festival. Selecting artists to play at…

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10 tracks from Mute Records that everyone should own

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A British independent, Mute Records has defined and hugely influenced the industrial and electronica genres since 1978, and their roster remains impressive to this day. As with 4AD, it’s almost impossible to pin the…

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Bowers & Wilkins Sound System returns

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On a Monday evening in East London, a small pub reverberated from the wizardry of a world-class DJ – and a legendary sound system. In an exclusive preview event, and…

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Ofeliadorme: elegance in music

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Ofeliadorme’s new album Secret Fires is the Society of Sound release for May 2017. Here, Francesca Bono from the Bologna-based band, introduces us to their specially curated playlist to accompany…

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Ten great songs from ten master lyricists. A playlist by Tom Hickox.

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Tom Hickox, who’s new album ‘Monsters In The Deep’ is the Society of Sound release for April, shares a playlist of songs that, for him, epitomise the essence of great…

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Faber Social present Cosey Fanni Tutti on the role of music in the writing of Art Sex Music

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Pioneering industrial musician and performance artist, Cosey Fanni Tutti discusses the complications of writing about music, in silence, in her recently published memoir Art Sex Music, one of the great,…

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Great Headphone tracks

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We select 10 tracks we are listening to right now and which sound great on headphones. Here at Bowers & Wilkins we are always listening to music; it plays a…

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Sonic Meditations #1 Pauline Oliveros

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Broadcaster and journalist Emma Warren’s new monthly column on listening starts at the source, with the queen of deep listening Pauline Oliveros Most of us hear, in the sense that…

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Ten R&B tracks that made the ‘80s great

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The sound of the 80s is often characterised as synthetic, overproduced pop when in fact some of the world’s most pioneering producers created their greatest work in that decade, as…

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Production Notes by Tom Hickox

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Tom Hickox, whose new album Monsters in the Deep is the Society of Sound release for April, gives us an insight into the making of the record. His blog not…

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Digital music – a quick guide to the best lossless files

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Digital music – in particular transferring audio from a physical format into a purely digital form stored on a computer – was once regarded with suspicion by those who prize…

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IWM People Power

People Power: Fighting for Peace

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IWM Historian Matt Brosnan gives an overview of the new exhibition Throughout its history, IWM has explored war and conflict since 1914 from all angles. So it seems appropriate that…

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Live albums

Ten of our favourite, great-sounding live albums

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From John Coltrane to Led Zeppelin, we have picked ten of our favourite live recordings that will sound great on your Hi-Fi. The live album is often a tricky proposition.…

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The making of Dragonz, by The Apples.

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The Apples new album Dragonz is the Society of Sound release for March. Though containing disparate influences, guests and production methods, Dragonz is undeniably The Apples and is possibly their…

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Ten 4AD albums everyone should own

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In celebration of the recent Wolfgang Tillmans’ compilation of seminal ‘80s band Colourbox we thought we’d put together a list of our favourite 4AD albums. No easy task, 4AD is…

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