The Principals’ Sound Journeys

Using field recordings documented by Chris Watson (the guy behind all of David Attenborough’s intoxicating wildlife documentaries), Brooklyn-based design studio The Principals recently created an interactive journey that guides visitors through the sounds of the natural world. Participants walk through three distinct aural zones—forest, canyon and sea—as sound elements like winds gusting across Norwegian islands or seals singing in Antarctica play with one’s sense of …

Digging into the Details of the New Sonos Flagship Store

Whitney Walker, the GM of Stores, walks us through the brand's first retail space

After more than 18 months in development, Sonos has opened their first-ever retail store—and to call it that would be insulting to the head-to-toe custom-made experience that it is. The skylit space at 101 Greene Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood has been designed to make your first or hundredth experience listening to music through Sonos “epic,” but also comfortable and seamless. Leave past experiences at …

Interview: Dieter Burmester on Making Automotive Sound Systems

Sitting in the back of a Mercedes Maybach Pullman we were engulfed by sound and inspired by genius

For many of us, the dynamics of sound is difficult to fully comprehend but easy to criticize. A meticulously crafted speaker is only as good as the amp it’s connected to, there isn’t a system in the world that can help a poorly shaped space seem like it has good acoustics and the listener’s experience is entirely dependent on their location relative to the speakers. …

Yuri Suzuki’s Color Chasers

In his 2013 installation “Looks Like Music,” sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki invited the public to create their own musical compositions by drawing on the ground with colored markers. An ensemble of five small, robotic Color Chasers—each unique in sound output—would then translate the drawings into computer-like sounds as they rolled over the colorful tracks, resulting in a rich, futuristic song accompanied by a …

TDK’s Water-Resistant Trek 360 Speaker

The compact wireless speaker, in a cube shape, delivers sound from five sides

The market for wireless speakers has reached near-saturation point with just about every electronics company throwing their hat into the ring. In this sea of gimmicky, tinny sounding gadgets, a few makers—mostly audio specialists and companies dedicated to the category—stand out. Offering a sound solution for those who aren’t afraid to get wet and a little dirty, but certainly aren’t willing to sacrifice sound quality, …