sound systems

carnival

These Artists Are Battling the Dilution of Caribbean Sound System Culture

GAIKA's 'SYSTEM' exhibit in London and the New York-set film 'Mas Fuerte' show how gentrification could change Carnival if we're not careful.
Kamila Rymajdo
8.21.18
Art

Burners Are Riding Around on a Giant Model Phonograph

The 'La Victrola' float is a 35’ tall mobile art installation modeled after a crank turntable from the early 20th century.
Nathaniel Ainley
9.2.16
Photos

The Hi-Fi DIY of Colombia's Bass Lords

Late nights street dances have gone down on Colombia's Caribbean coast since at least the early 1950s, when picó sound system culture was born.
Taliesin Gilkes-Bower
9.11.15
Features

The Wall of Sound

The untold story of the Grateful Dead's short-lived mega PA, arguably the largest, most technologically innovative sound system ever built.
Brian Anderson
7.5.15
Stuff

Things You Never Knew About Carnival, London's Best Street Party

Ishmahil Blagrove has put together a book that tells the story of Carnival from its inception until the present day.
VICE Staff
8.21.14
noise

This Adorable, Two-Foot DIY Sound System Will Melt Your Ears (and Your Heart)

I just want to hug the 'lil bugger.
Brian Anderson
8.18.14
reggae

Let's Talk About This Humble Boat's DIY Dub Sound System

Here are two guys who really have their shit together.
Brian Anderson
8.8.14
Music

Enter An Alternate Sensory Reality With Max Cooper's 4D Sound Show

A new 4D sound system is letting the electronic music producer manipulate sound so it moves in time, changes shape, and hits you from all corners of the dance floor.
DJ Pangburn
6.5.14
Motherboard Blog

Bass Grows in Brooklyn: Why One Man Spent a Year Hand-Building a Massive Sound System

In the late 1940s, Colombians and Jamaicans simultaneously began building and decorating massive sound systems and throwing street dances playing imported records. In Colombia, it was African music. In Jamaica, it was American R&B. Like finding cell...
Taliesin Gilkes-Bower
10.12.12