Selection of great African Voices released on the Real World Record label

To coincide with the release this month on Society of Sound of the album ‘Fatteliku’ by Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour, one of the most recognizable and feted voices from Africa,… Read more


Youssou N’Dour Photo Story

Fatteliku, Youssou N’Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar live captures the Senegalese superstar and band in full flight as they supported Peter Gabriel on his This Way Up tour… Read more


Field Experiment No1: Bees

“One idea that’s always intrigued me, can you record the sound of bees and play it back to them? Would they be attracted to it as if it were coming… Read more

School of Noise

School of Noise: 10 pieces of music you should listen to

Run by a collective of musicians, sound artists and noise enthusiasts the SCHOOL of NOISE intends to help make experimental music increasingly accessible. Here, they choose 10 pieces of music… Read more

Radiophonic Workshop at Real World Studios

The extraordinary Radiophonic Workshop album, in the band’s own words, track by track.

We’ve had a lot of unusual and inspiring albums this year on Society of Sound, not least Laura Mvula’s orchestral version of her debut, Sing To The Moon, or the… Read more

Chris Watson at Branchage Festival, Jersey

An island in a sea of sound – Chris Watson’s Nature Disco

Earlier this year, world-leading wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson staged a wonderful nature disco on the island of Jersey. For just over an hour, the audience were surrounded by the… Read more

Music for your speakers: Ali & Toumani

Music for your speakers: Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté – Ali and Toumani

Ali and Toumani, featuring the Malian musicians, Ali Farka Touré on the guitar and vocals, and Toumani Diabaté on the kora, was released in 2010, several years after Touré’s death… Read more

Ashley Beedle Womad 2014 -® Marc Aitken 2014

Film: What we did this summer – Society of Sound stage at WOMAD 2014

Bowers & Wilkins took their Sound System to WOMAD to celebrate the art of listening. We know not everyone could come so we’ve condensed the three days of talks, performances… Read more

Graham Hi-Fi Recommends Woman Child

Music for your speakers: Cecile McLorin Salvant – WomanChild

This wonderful new album was released a few months ago. I know. I know. We only review albums that are at least fifteen years old. Well all I can say… Read more