Pioneer Valley Soundscapes

Field Recordings

These are field recordings that didn't make it into our final documentary piece, but that we didn't want to go unheard either.

William Cumpiano tells a musical history of Puerto Rico with words and music

In this 23 minute field recording, largely unedited, William talks to Ashley Soto about the different musical styles of Puerto Rican folk music, plays samples of each, and tells us a little about the history of the jíbaros and their music, all while he puts the finishing touches on a cuatro.  Listen to the whole recording, or skip around to just get a taste of the music.

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William Cumpiano on his work behind the Cuatro Project

An 8 minute field recording—unedited—of William Cumpiano in his workshop talking to Ashley Soto about his work behind the Cuatro Project.

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