Buttons, Bridges, and Brass is a video project that focuses on members and businesses of the Pioneer Valley with not only an intent to look at the craftsmanship behind their trade, but to... Read More
Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is a project that explores the connection between sound and place by documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
The films, recordings, and images here are produced by students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through semester-long collaborations with local musicians and partnerships with area communities.
The goal of Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is to share these sounds, images, and stories with others in the Pioneer Valley and beyond and to serve as a resource for ongoing learning and exchange.
Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is taught at Amherst College by Professor Jeffers Engelhardt and supported by the Department of Music, the Center for Community Engagement, and Information Technology at Amherst College.
For the past years, the Pioneer Valley Soundscapes website has largely featured student documentary works. These have mostly been centered on ethnographic studies of local musical ensembles. I am interested in working the... Read More
Hannah & Maggie are a folk-pop duo that originally met and began making music together at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This documentary, created by Abbie Duquette and Elizabeth Paul, explores Hannah &... Read More
This documentary follows the Expandable Brass Band of Northampton during the spring of 2014. Founded in 2010 by trumpeter (and professor of public health) Fred Hooven and percussionist (and then-Hampshire College student) Iris... Read More
“Girls Like Us: Women Musicians in the Pioneer Valley” focuses on the different experiences of male and female performers in the local music scene – and seeks to answer the question of why... Read More
“Nataraj Dance: The Heartbeat of the Universe” focuses on women in the Pioneer Valley who participate in Indian classical dance. Indian Dance was brought to the Pioneer Valley in 1982 when Guru Ranjanaa... Read More
Luis Fernandez aka LuieGo and his band the eGOmaniAKs are pioneers in a soundscape without much of a rap history or following. However, they are quickly creating a scene through their unique sound.... Read More
MASS EDMC is an electronic dance community founded at UMASS Amherst with the goal to expand the reach of electronic dance music to the communities of the Pioneer Valley. In 2008 MASS EDMC... Read More