SONOS Studio at SXSW & Giveawayby
We have returned from South by Southwest (“SXSW”), an interactive festival combining technology, software and hardware, and all things that have made social networking a smash in recent years. It was where Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare were first promoted to the general public and this year, as John Biehler points out, software gave way to advances in hardware — making DIY culture the focus of trending technology.
Aside from a massive conference schedule, trade show, and a dance card full of company-sponsored parties, there are also houses and pavilions (think back to Vancouver 2010) that host celebrities, entertainers, and guests. All of this takes place over two weeks in Austin, Texas with Interactive leading into a Music festival and Film running somewhere in between.
A highlight for us this year was discovering the SONOS Studio SXSW that was located in a house just a few steps away from the Austin Convention Centre. It was there that we had some of our most memorable experiences of the entire festival.
SONOS Studio SXSW
SONOS (makers of wireless home music systems) rented out a house and through back-alley access, conference-goers (who RSVP’d in advance via the SONOS blog) could enjoy free tacos from a truck parked in the alley, free beer and beverages (from the ice-filled fountain in the backyard), entertainment on an outdoor stage, and several sound installations that were around the property. Flula Borg hosted a Fluncheon in the afternoons, providing hysterically entertaining commentary and creating songs on the fly.
The backyard shed was transformed into a demo for the SONOS Playbar that was controlled by your movements. John Biehler posted a video of the setup that included four projectors that were also in sync.
Inside the house you could play with a Theramin, a Moog synthesizer, catch live radio broadcasts on KCRW, and use arts and crafts materials to build your own speakers. On our first day there we caught Kat Von D and Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) as they were given a tour of the whole setup. I even hung out beside them as they built their own speakers out of paper plates.
It was one thing to appreciate the chill outdoor atmosphere of the venue (free drinks and food were a bonus) but it was another to completely geek out with audio enthusiasts like my husband (the radio engineer).
SONOS PLAY:5 Giveaway
When a timely press release from SONOS found its way to my inbox, I knew I had to connect it with our fantastic experience at the SONOS Studio SXSW. SONOS is offering up a PLAY:5 and a Bridge to one lucky reader.
With a PLAY:5 and bridge from SONOS:
- Stream all the music on earth wirelessly. Play your entire music collection stored on your computer or network hard drive. Or listen to one of the 100,000+ radio stations from across the world with TuneIn. Or stream millions of songs, podcasts, and stations from Songza, Rdio, SiriusXM, Deezer, Slacker, Wolfgang’s Vault, Aupeo!, Stitcher, and Dar.FM. You can even wirelessly stream music directly from your iPhone or iPad. PLAY:5 also has a line-in so you can connect even more music sources.
- It has a simple wireless setup. Plug it in anywhere you want music.
- Start with one, expand anywhere. After connecting a SONOS Bridge or your first Sonos player to a router, you can keep adding players to the rest of your rooms wirelessly.
- Big HiFi sound in a compact size, thanks to 5 integrated speakers/5 dedicated digital amps.
- Wireless control from your Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, PC or Mac with free apps. Search for songs, choose the music, and control the volume in any room from anywhere.
The PLAY:5 is available for $449.99 in Canada and the Bridge sells for $59.99. In the Vancouver area, they can be purchased at HiFi Centre or at Future Shop and Best Buy stores (or online).
It’s called “the original, bigger room, bigger sound, all-in-one wireless music system” and you can experience it for yourself by entering the contest:
- Leave a comment on this post naming the first song or album from your library that you would play with the SONOS PLAY:5 once you got it home (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2013. Follow SONOS on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter for more information about their wireless systems and technology.
Update The winner is Ray Maddly!
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Pretty sure I would crank up Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ to 11 and bask in the awesomeness of winning this contest!
First song would be cranked for sure…and would be The Headstones “Tweeter and the Monkey Man”
I’ve been listening to Macklemore/Ryan Lewis lately, would probably play that first.
MUSE -> SURVIVAL
Ohhh, definitely “Sulk” by Trust! You gotta start these things out with some Canadian Content.
Tough choice. Maybe Alicia Keys, 101?
been listening to Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” album alot lately, so it’ll definitely be a song from that album. More than likely will be “Love Somebody”, as it already has an amazing sound, and it will sound even more amazing with this sound system!
Or Linkin Park Hybrid Theory. Yes, I realize those are entirely different genres.
Die Young by Timeflies
This would be perfect for the new man-cave!
Goodbye Normal Street by the Turnpike Troubadours and specifically my favourite track from the album, Call A Spade A Spade as loud as possible! Love these guys! So sad I wasn’t able to go to SXSW and see them (and Corb Lund and Hayes Carll) this year!
Oooh tough choices. I might have to go with a classic- maybe Queen’s Best Friend.
Jamie Foxx – livin better now 🙂
Prince, Purple Rain
Living in Newfoundland for 2 years has me listening to Great Big Sea and watching The Republic of Doyle so I would be playing the theme song of Republic of Doyle Oh Yeah by Great Big Sea
Would play all of Pink Martini’s music
Gord Bamford “Is it Friday yet?”
Pretty well anything from Jian Ghomeshi’s 50 Most Essential Songs in Canadian Pop Music History…..but if I had to choose it’d be NEW ORLEANS IS SINKING by The Hip….followed by KD Lang’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies version of HALLELUJAH; just a stunning rendition acapella with millions watching.
I’d play the Sparks album Lil’ Beethoven! And thanks!
I would crack @steelpanther…..
I would play Don’t Stop Believein’ by Journey!
I would play Hillsong united! Zion 🙂
bohemian rhapsody for sure
Awesome! I would play Radiohead, my favourite band of all time.
led zeppelin and wu-tang clan
and over again
First song played would be Serena Ryder’s “Stompa”.
third eye blind’s semi-charmed life!
I would definitely add a Thirty Second to Mars – Hurricane, My Darkest Days – Every Lie, The birthday Massacre – Looking Glass, Darren Hayes – Black Out the Sun, and Lights – Flux and Flow
Plans-Death Cab For Cutie
O-Town – Liquid Dreams.
I would love to receive the system to play great romantic songs for my wife for our upcoming 25 th Wedding Anniversary.
DMB – Gaucho. Amazing amazing giveaway !!
Any song by Michael Jackson…maybe Billie Jean!
Highway to Hell, AC/DC. And kudos to Heidi and her mention of Sparks! Got to love those Mael brothers! Wish they perform up here.
Bach cello suites
Come Sail Away
Probally LMFAO Party Rock!
first song will be endless love
Philip Phillips new album
As much as I would like to say it would be something like Living on the Edge, having a precious little 5 year old princess, my first song would most likely be more in line with Part of Your World from the little mermaid. (And yes, I know all the words like any good single father)
I’d chose a (now) classic- M. Jackson, Beat it!
Muse – Knights of Cydonia!
Ocean Pearl by 5440
Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
Changes – David Bowie
Prince purple rain
Brasil by Pink Martini
Little by Little – Oasis
I want to win this and play the Study Music album. No seriosuly…
I’m a big Ella Fitzgerald fan and her Rogers and Hart Songbook album is my favourite. Would love to hear the sound on this system.
Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
At Last by Etta James
Kokomo by Beach Boys
Every breath you take – the police
Nice!! I’d play a good David Guetta song that would show off this sound system.
I would play Locked out of heaven by Bruno Mars.
something by the black eyed peas
U2- I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, unless of course I win a van millionaires jersey
Daydreamer – adele
Beautiful Day by U2
First song I would play– Gloria -Patti Smith
I would definitely pound some kanye west–My beautiful dark twisted fantasy.
I’d totally play my daughter’s favorite song, Titanium.
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Andrea Bocelli. – time to Say goodbye
Justin timberlake ‘s new album when it comes out!
Definitely Sometime Around Midnight by TATE
would definetly put on a Carrie Underwood song
The Wall would be first
Something by Adele or Florence Welch!
Anything song by Coldplay. Maybe Paradise?
Losing You, by Solange Knowles
Loreena McKennitt’s The Lady Of Shalott
Stay by Rihanna!
Best Thing I Never Had by Beyonce
When I bought my first “real” stereo I played Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith and blew the speakers. I think it only fitting that I play that same album with this amazing system.
Oh my god! This is sooo pretty. I’ve been wanting a wireless music system for a while.
I’m loving Mumford & Sons – Babel and Tegan & Sara’s – Heartthrob. But if I’m being honest, I’m going to probably play Justin TImberlake’s – The 20/20 Experience.
Usher – my way
AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. And blow the roof off loud. I did like Heidi’s Lil Beethoven (Sparks). Wish they would tour up here.
I would crank up Cher Lloyd’s Superhero!
Lana del Ray’s “Without You”
My fave hits!!
Charles Mingus’ “Better Git It in Your Soul”
Maroon 5 – Daylight
Adny Gibb, I Just Want to be Your Everything!
Pie and Ice Cream by Bill Bourne
Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
I am loving Miranda Lambert right now so it would have to be Fastest Girl in Town or Mama’s Broken Heart.
I would put on Matt Dusk’s New Album, and the first song I would choose would be Deep In A Dream.
Time – Pink Floyd
Rolling Stones Paint it Black
LCD Soundsystem- Dance Yrself Clean would be my first play!
Pink Floyd, The Wall
Stay by U2
I would love to play Taylor Swift’s ‘Trouble’ with the Play 5!
Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Deja Vu
Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin
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I really like the new Pink album, so I’d play that.
Would love to own this system! First up on the playlist Mother Love Bone, Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life -INDEEP
I would love to say it would be Brittany… but our how is now over run with such wild pop culture icons as the wiggles and Dora. lol but after 7pm it would be Britney!
Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have a Kiki would be the first song I would play!
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams, for sure.
“Blue Valentine” by Tom Waits, the complete album
Hey Ho by the Lumineers….amazing!!!
When the World Comes Down – All American Rejects
I would play Chances by Jill Barber 🙂
READY TO START – ARCADE FIRE!
Babyface: everytime I close my eyes
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
one headlight wallflowers
Poker Face (lady gaga)
So very hard to choose one but I have been on a Zeppelin kick so I gotta go with Bron-Y-Aur Stomp!!
eyes by kaskade( feat mindy gledhill)
I can see for Miles by the Who.
Determined by Mudvayne
POSITRONIC by The Pack AD – my daughter’s band!
Bit by Bit by Mother Mother.
Sigur Ros / Svefn-G-Englar
Here For A Good Time by Trooper! 🙂
Closing Time by Semisonic
i will always love you!
Good Feeling by Flo Rider
NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. Legit.
Stay by Rihanna and Mikki Ekko
Steely Dan – Royal Scam!
Anything by Joyce Didonato
“Eye of the Tiger” would be right at the top of my playlist.
Anything PRINCE !!!
Celebration by Kanye west
I would listen to Sexy and I know it by LMFAO!
I would probably choose my new fave song which is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons!
anything Bon Jovi 🙂
Somebody that I used to know by Gotye.
Suck my Kiss by the Chili Peppers
Refreshments Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.
Something by The Trews
The start of ‘Ready for the Floor’ by Hot Chip would sound nice. Either that or I Zimbra by Talking Heads. 🙂
Swedish Mafia House!
Stairway to Heaven
currently obsessed with Rihanna’s ‘stay’. love the lyrics 🙂
hey ho by the lumineers!
Rihanna’s ‘stay’……love love that song. I could listen to it over and over …
Beyonce’s Love on Top never fails to get me moving and trying to be like Beyonce
First thing would be Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” from start to finish….with repeat
How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
Boyz II Men – Motownphilly!
Muse – Starlight
I’d go with either Starstruck by Lady Gaga or perhaps Justin Timberlake’s new album! I’ve heard the Play:5 in store and it sounds amazing!
Helena Beat – Foster the People
pretty sure it would be Good Feeling by FloRida! tweet link: https://twitter.com/Chrissylynn1537/status/313860688181346304
Song for Eva Mae by Frank Turner
I would play “In my Life”, by the Beatles:)
jamie foxx – gold digger!
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon!
It would be an album from Kenny G.
Breathing Underwater – Metric
Gotta start with the greatest song ever: Foreplay/Long Time.
Without a doubt, the new Nick Cave.
Massive Attack, Teardrop
Down to Zero, off Joan Armatrading’s self-titled album. (She was like the original Tracy Chapman.)
I would play Suit and Tie from Justin Timberlake
It’s a toss up between Ice Ice Baby and “chacha ballahoo” (give that a google!)
“Goodnight Elizabeth” live version by Counting Crows
I would play Kid A by Radiohead.
Mushroom Jazz 7
something from Matt Good. I think White Light Rock and Roll Review would sound awesome on this thing. oh, yeah.
Stay by Rihanna but I also love to blast oldies like Wonderwall from Oasis
The first song I’d listen to would have to be either Midnight City by M83 or Schoolin’ Life by Beyonce (depending on the mood, of course).
Save the world- swedish house mafia
Django Django’s Default or something by Metric
Dave Brubeck’s Tale 5. Always a good test of a new sound system.
Rolling in the Deep by Adele!!
Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley
Hmmm .. probably something old skool – like Toto’s “Africa”. Or new skool? Like fun.’s “Some Nights”.
Probably some hindi music! 🙂
Diplo – Move Around
Gareth Emery – Tokyo
Pearl Jam – Ten
Journey – Don’t stop believing, because I won’t stop believing I’ll win a contest on this site 🙂
All things Zeppelin!
Pachelbel Canon in D
A matchbox twenty song probably
Golden Brown by the Stranglers
Justin Timberlake – futuresex/lovesounds
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
I will play Peace Train by Cat Stevens
new Strokes Album ‘Comedown Machine’
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
New Bowie- Stars are Out Tonight
Take On Me by A-ha
3HO3’s new song. Would love the sound system. Thanks
The Truth Is A Cave – The Oh Hello’s
I would throw some zyzz the asthetic era playlist on there
I would play Prince’s Purple Rain album!
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i would play josh groban’s album ‘illustrations’
If I were to win this awesome system I would play everything in my music library…
Cantopop (Cantonese pop).
I would play Pretty Vegas by Inxs.
Something by Johnny Hartman
Queen – Don’t stop me now
Sore ga, Ai Deshou – by Shimokawa Mikuni 🙂
Nickelback -How you remind me
Michael Gungor – Beautiful Things
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
I would play Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas and crank it really loud
I think either Mother Mother O My Heart or some Great Big Sea.
Shoot to Thrill ~ AC/DC 😛
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time!
Lionel Richie’s song Hello
Mercedes Bens – Janis Joplin
Layla – Eric Clapton
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
alt j’s something good!
I would play all MGMT over and over for my 2 year old daughter so I don’t have I listen to it in the car anymore.
Gaga’s Bad Romance
When I Paint My Masterpiece by Bob Dylan
Radiohead – Idioteque
Jay-Z – money ain’t a thing
GNR- Sweet Child Of Mine.
Addicted to Love (Robert Palmer cover) by Florence and the Machine 🙂
I would crank an album that has a lot of memories. Michael Jackson Thriller.
Hmm, that is a hard one as there are so many songs I can think of but I have to say Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue!
Would love to win this for my husband’s 65th bday coming in april. would play the eagles hotel california first. thanks.
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Someone Like You by Adele … and then the playlist from our wedding 🙂
Renegades of Funk – Rage Against the Machine
i would play some old school backstreet boys
escape artist by the zolas!
I’D PLAY HERE COMES THE SUN BY THE BEATLES!
Such an amazing, uplifting song, I’d love to dance around my living room with it up loud!
I just purchased Jimi Hendrix “People, Hell and Angels”. I would play that album from end-to-end!
The 12/12/12 Sandy Relief concert
Will play the Oscar winning Life of Pi soundtrack on the SONOS PLAY:5
I would play Muse- uprising!
Something from the album Night Song
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs – Beg Steal or Borrow
Such Great Heights by The Postal Service
The Rolling Stones-Satisfaction!
Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix – Good bass beat 🙂
Clarity by Zedd
I would love this system and the first thing I would play would be Kate Bush, “Running up that Hill”. It is such a classic & timeless song for sure. The lyrics are very poetic. Another great one to play would be Tori Amos, “Crucify”.
Andy Kim’s “Rock me Gently”
Man in Motion
Pete Seeger singing: If I Had a Hammer.
depeche mode violator!!
Robyn Call Your Girlfriend
Billie Jean by MJ
Avett Brothers, I and love and you
I’d play Happy Birthday to my daughter and give it to her (she just said she needed speakers for her iPod).
Then A*hole by Rilo Kiley. 🙂
U2’s Where the Street Have No Name, because they don’t play it at the Canucks game anymore
Savage gardens tears of pearls.
Wannabe by Spice Girls!
Move like jagger!
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
gotta crank up thrift shop by macklemore
Mumford & Sons
Awesome – seen this in action and what an fantastic system – love to win this one!
Like who wouldn’t want one of these systems – chalk me up for an entry to win! thanks Miss604 you ROCK!
I would play a Red Hot Chili Peppers song
Any song from Maroon 5
I would play The Killers, Human.
Twitter entry: https://twitter.com/skyalive1976/status/317508348813647873
I’ve been listening to Pitch Perfect soundtrack. And, a cappella songs are definite companions for such great system.
Thrift shop by mackelmore!
Rolling stones paint it black!!!!!
Solange Knowles – Losing You
Candle in the wind by Elton john
Uncaged by Zac Brown Band!
Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
Sexyback by JT 🙂
I’d play Eva Cassidy – Songbird, simply because it’s truly an amazing song and her vocals where and will always make the hairs on your body stand on end.