Sonos Studio NYC in Photos
- The Principals built the installation so that the audio signal from Dev Hynes' music also splits from a Sonos Connect unit into a spectrum analyzer which splits the sound into five different frequencies. Each frequency is mapped to a different motor above a particular section of mylar, creating a pulsing effect that reacts to the different parts of the song.
- Sonos Play:1's were also stationed underneath the installation and played Hynes' 15-minute composition on a loop.
- The custom rig built by The Principals worked alongside Sonos Connect units to power the installation.
- The quilt-like installation hangs above this workspace on the main floor of NeueHouse, and at the top of the stairs an ambient microphone lets visitors interact with their own section of the mylar. During the week, Hynes will actually perform his composition live an let the installation react to the performance.
- The installation is made out of silver-coated mylar, a surface that is so reflective that the members of The Principals who built it had to use gloves so they could keep it all from smudging. "It almost isn't there, it picks up everything around it, and it's so pliable that it's fluid like water," Drew Seskunas of The Principals told me.
- Downstairs at NeueHouse is where the more hands-on features are found, like the station where you can build your own speaker from Sonos components.
- From hot glue to wiring, the build-your-own speaker station is stocked with all the tools needed for assembly, along with experts who help you learn how to do it yourself.
- Visitors are able to record a short phrase into this microphone and the waveform of the audio gets 3D-printed in the adjacent MakerBot printer.
- Shown here is one of many waveforms printed throughout the day. The phrases had to be short, so many people went with options like their own name, or quotes like "Don't worry, be happy."
- The workers on hand could also print out waveforms as decoration for the build-your-own-speaker section.
- The Kinect unit that sat atop the "Sounds of New York City" installation tracks hand movement, and lets users select songs by waving a hand in front of specifically colored speakers.
- The entire basement level was split into sections. "Make" for the hands-on stations, "Play" for where the speaker wall was set up, and "Listen" for the space where performances will be held all week.
- The retail versions of Sonos Play:1 speakers don't light up, but Sonos Brand Innovation Director Brad Wolf didn't rule out the possibility of it happening in the future. “We’re looking at that type of thing, how much we vary our speaker designs. If people really respond to this really well, I think it could have a place.”