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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Great Headphone tracks

Music

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

Music

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

Music

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

Music

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

Sound Lab

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

Sound Lab

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

Music

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.

Music

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

Music

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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Wolfgang Tillmans’ Colourbox compilation available
from Society of Sound

Music

At the centre of Wolfgang Tillmans’ extraordinary retrospective, currently showing at The Tate Modern, is the Playback Room, featuring a pair of 800 D3 speakers showcasing experimental British 80’s band,…

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Jeremy Deller - Playback Room

Playing records in Wolfgang Tillmans’ Playback Room
with Jeremy Deller

Music

The Playback Room, centrepiece of the current Wolfgang Tillmans’ exhibition at London’s Tate Modern features a high-end stereo system that includes a pair of 800 D3 speakers. Conceived as a…

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The Apples Playlist

Music

The Apples, whose new album Dragonz is the March release on Society of Sound deliver a playlist of some of their favourite music entitled; Influences, role models, and favourites. “New…

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Alternative female voices

Music

The ‘female vocal’ is a classic of Hi-Fi demonstrations and test discs, used by countless audiophiles to reveal something about a system or a separate component. We know, we use…

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Faber Social present: David Keenan on music and memory

Sound Lab

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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From two-tracks to Air Studios in 18 months

Music

The Society of Sound release for February features a work-in-progress insight into the new album by Heaven 17; Not For Public Broadcast. The album as been recorded at Martyn Ware’s…

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The extraordinary National Sound Archive

News

As well as housing the largest collection of books in the country, the second largest in the world, the British Library is home to the National Sound Archive, which consists…

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Ten ‘Krautrock’ classics

Music

We pick our ten favourite ‘Krautrock’ classics. Albums that define the wide-ranging musical explosion in West Germany at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s and went on to…

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