Photo Essay: Welcome to Guilford Sound

Updated: Mar 2

Guilford Sound is a professional recording studio tucked into low rolling hills of southeastern Vermont -- about 10 minutes from Brattleboro and another 20 from the Massachusetts line. An unusually modern assembly of two distinct massings -- one a barn and the other akin to an early Richard Neutra -- the studio rests between a rock ledge and a pond amidst 300 spectacular acres. Dubbed a "residential" studio, recording artists may spend many weeks ensconced in their projects, enjoying the studio's kitchen, lounge, and other appointments as well as the nearby Ashworth and Earth House residences.

The experience of Guilford Sound is special. Attended to in nearly every detail and appointed in exceptionally clean design, one can only expect the most clear and lush recordings to come from the main studio and outlying booths. Hear local youth band Nomad vs Settler in a Guilford session give it a run.

Guilford Sound was built by Dave Snyder and Sara Coffey in 2010 after six years of design and planning. The end result is a product that the BBC recently called one of the ten "most stunning places to make music" -- right up there with Greece, Iceland, Cornwall, and South Africa.

The artists who come through are a mix of jazz, world, folk and rock musicians. Most recently the Memphis "organic moonshine roots" rocker Valerie June was in for an extended residence, producing her latest album "The Order of Time" from long-simmering work that needed the solitude and craft provided at Guilford Sound.

When not producing work for the paying gigs, David spends a lot of time mentoring and recording local musicians -- many of them students, supporting the early careers of the region's gifted artists.

Find out more about Guilford Sound here.


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