Society of Sound
Bowers and Wilkins has asked Real World to commission or source 12 new albums a year to be available through an exclusive subscription only music download club – curated by Real World Studios and Peter Gabriel. Many of the albums are recorded at Real World Studios. The aim is to deliver high-quality digital audio – the albums are available as digital downloads at 24 bit/48 khz quality and accessible as FLAC or Apple Lossless files.
“The brand of B&W and Real World are both associated with excellence and innovation; the challenge of the new and unexplored. Society of Sound aims to seek out and present new music that demands a platform to be heard – whether it is outstanding undiscovered artists or well-known musicians looking to make recordings in an unexpected way. The diversity of music offered intends to delight, entertain and sometimes challenge the discerning listener. The only essential criteria is quality – both of the audio experience and the passion and integrity of the performance. The music selected will not be restricted by genre, language or geographical source – whether it is jazz, rock, classical or world music – it is for the enjoyment of those who have open ears.”
Bowers & Wilkins has grown from its cottage industry origins to become the global leader in high-end speakers and audio systems:
“Breaking every convention in our relentless pursuit of improvement, our speakers consistently set the benchmark in performance and design and are now used as standard in the most demanding recording studios around the world – as well as the homes of discerning sound enthusiasts everywhere.
“Throughout our 40-year history, we’ve met a lot of people who share our passion for sound. We thought it was time we brought them together. The Society of Sound is a meeting place for people who love sound. It’s somewhere to come for inspiration, where you can find out about people who are using sound creatively. It’s also a resource for hearing from people who have challenging ideas about the future of sound. Last but not least, the Society of Sound is an expression of Bowers & Wilkins ongoing dedication to revealing sound in all its glory.”
Back in 2005, visual artist Simón Mejía began a collaborative project that explored the new sounds of Colombian traditional rhythms and melodies with electronic beats and western structures influenced by pioneer bands such as Sidestepper and Bloque De Búsqueda. For this project, Simón brought together different DJs and musicians in 7 tracks that eventually became Bomba Estéreo´s first EP, Vol.1, released in 2006 by Polen Records. This EP included the song “Huepaje” that featured guest singer Li Saumet and gave way to the first building blocks of what would later become Bomba Estéreo's international debut, ‘Estalla / Blow Up’ (Polen Records 2008). Ever since, Li Saumet has been the voice and face of the band, teaming up with Julián Salazar on guitars and Kike Egurrola on drums, Simón on the bass and sequences and Felipe Alvarez in the musical production.
Following their performance in Roskilde (Denmark, 2010), where they first received international exposure, Bomba Estéreo has played over 300 shows in more than 100 different cities, performed at some of the most outstanding festivals around the world and reached thousands of fans through their music. Bomba Estéreo's songs have been featured in videogames (FIFA 2010), advertising (McDonald´s) and Hollywood films (Limitless).