Old Town School of Folk Music


This place is like a living, breathing sound piece. Simply walking by or standing between a few rooms sounds like something it would take the most brilliant avant-garde composers years to dream up. Just walking through the school with ears open allows you to create your own composition: autoharps tune, teachers keep time, guitars strum, clarinets run melody lines over and over until they are right, children learn to count, even the elevator gives a performance before the pianos and voices join in. Some of this piece has been manipulated, but much is not tampered with. The natural stereo sound of the students, teachers and the building itself do most of the work.

All sounds by Tim Joyce
Photo Credit: Tim Joyce