MU­SIC

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Feature -

The elec­tric­ity used by stu­dios in the UK pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 tonnes of CO equiv­a­lent per year, and we can all agree that’s pro­duc­ing a lot of medi­ocre mu­sic, too. So­lar-pow­ered stu­dios and dig­i­tal record­ing tech­nol­ogy will help re­duce the emis­sions, but the medi­ocre mu­sic is an­other prob­lem al­to­gether.

There’s the phys­i­cal CD, the jewel case, the book­let which rarely ever gets read, the cel­lo­phane wrap­per, the highly ad­he­sive store-at­tached RFID sticker – all in all, CD packaging re­sults in a fair de­gree of waste. That is not to even con­sider the amount of ex­cess stock that gets pro­duced ev­ery year, as all those unloved and unlov­able al­bums get first re­main­dered and ul­ti­mately dumped in land­fill.

Ap­ple is al­ready the largest mu­sic re­tailer in the US, and is the most pow­er­ful by most es­ti­mates, so the on­line fu­ture of mu­sic is al­ready here. But if, as al­leged, do­ing a Google search is the equiv­a­lent of boil­ing a ket­tle (and that’s a big if – cal­cu­lat­ing the car­bon foot­print of

“If we want some­thing like Glas­ton­bury, that’s the price one has to pay” – Michael Eavis

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