Album Review: Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley (Play It Again Sam)

Music

Soundtrack to a disappearing world Public Service Broadcasting describe themselves as “the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with drumming companion Wrigglesworth and multi-instrumentalist JF Abraham, [who…

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Ten great festival performances

Music

Before Sound System hits WOMAD we get in the mood with our ten favourite festival performances. Sound System is poised to deliver great live audio to WOMAD for the fourth…

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Album Review: Alfa Mist – Antiphon (Pink Bird)

Music

A fabulous recording of deep grooves Alfa Mist is a dark horse, a London based producer and composer he has worked with a number of artists in the neo soul…

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Birmingham Conservatoire: State-of-the-art audio

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Bowers & Wilkins has partnered with Birmingham Conservatoire in providing loudspeakers and amplifiers for their new state-of-the-art facilities. In this, the first of four blog posts, we will delve into…

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Album Review: Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary – The Beatles (Parlophone)

Music

The Beatles crowning glory contains hidden gems 50 years after its original release Sgt. Peppers was back at number one, so much for progress! The most celebrated album by the…

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Our favourite instrumental tracks

Music

The current combination of political turmoil, Glastonbury come-downs and unusually hot weather has led to our lying in a darkened room, listening to only the most soothing of tracks. Here…

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Looking back over WOMAD 2016

Music

The June release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is a chance to revisit highlights from the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at last year’s WOMAD Festival. The…

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Album Review: Is This The Life We Really Want? – Roger Waters (Columbia)

Music

Shine on you angry diamond Frank Zappa called it conceptual continuity, the process of using old tunes in new songs or borrowing from your own catalogue. There are so many…

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The best of bass

Music

Bass is a vital element in any music. Even if you don’t know it is there, on a great Hi-Fi system bass adds shades and subtlety to apparently bass free…

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

Music

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

Music

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

Sound Lab

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

Music

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

Music

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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Primavera Sound 2017 Playlist Special

Sound Lab

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

Music

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

News

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

Music

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.

Music

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

Music

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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