Exploring Folk Songs' connections

Folk songs are a unique type of heritage. They represent a social practice, a musical way of communication, and a key element of sound culture. They are not 'fixed objects': they originate in the oral tradition, and then they might have been transcribed, published and recorded using different instruments and performative styles. As a consequence, data about folk songs are dispersed among a variety of mediums, collections, and social groups. This Yarn project, created within the Folk Songs investigation, is a first attempt to digitally connect these dispersed elements. Each workers' folk song presented here will be a starting point to connect lyrics, antologies, musical scores, video and audio recordings of performances to mining and textiles collections. We hope that this experiment will help also to reflect on the tools and methods that can help to reconnect material artifacts to their sonic cultures.