An album made entirely of endangered bird sounds beat Taylor Swift on a top 50 chart

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Songs Of Disappearance is an entire album of calls from endangered Australian birds. Last month, it briefly perched at No. 3 on the country’s top 50 albums chart – ahead of Taylor Swift.

Anthony Albrecht produced the album with his arts organization, the Bowerbird Collective. He’s a musician and a Ph.D. candidate at Charles Darwin University, where his adviser is professor Stephen Garnett.

Climate change is killing beautiful music, too

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The trees that make the world’s best pianos and violins are in danger.

Climate Change Is Worsening. So the Weather Station Is Singing About It.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The 36-year-old Canadian musician Tamara Lindeman’s piercing new album, “Ignorance,” explores the emotional impacts of a global problem.

Climate Change Hits Rock and Roll as Prized Guitar Wood Shortage Looms

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Flooding and a wood-boring beetle threaten supplies of storied “swamp ash”.

How Hip Hop Can Bring Green Issues to Communities of Color

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The environmental movement has largely failed to connect with people of color and marginalized urban communities. By confronting issues from contaminated water to climate change, hip hop music can help bridge that divide and bring home the realities of environmental injustice.

Don’t Throw It Away – by Keb’ Mo’ with Taj Mahal

Some Friday blues about plastic pollution from the great Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal. Have a great weekend!

Vivaldi reworked to ‘make climate change audible’

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A classical orchestra in Germany aims to “make climate change audible” with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons” using algorithms based on climate data.

Summer Music Festivals Set Sights on Waste Diversion

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Several festivals across the country have committed to making waste diversion part of their events.

The youth orchestra that turns waste into musical instruments

Read the full story at Equal Times.

Through the waste at a landfill site in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Asunción, Paraguay, hundreds of children walk with musical instruments, small and large, on their backs. The black cases do not hide a Stradivarius or a cello made from precious woods, but rather violins, guitars, flutes, saxophones and even a double bass made from coins, bits of pipe, plastic, tin cans and the remains of donated instruments.

Their proud owners are members of the Paraguay Recycled Instruments Orchestra, a group of children and young people that grew up in Cateura, a neighbourhood looked down on for its poverty and its closeness to the Asunción municipal dump.

 

This Beautiful Guitar Is Made From Linen Fibers And Industrial Waste Resin

Read the full story at Fast Company.

With very few exceptions, guitars—even electric guitars—are made of wood. From a sustainability point of view, this is bad, because they’re usually slow-growing hardwoods and sometimes exotic woods. In an acoustic guitar, where the music is generated and shaped by the vibrations of the soundboard, the kind of wood used can dramatically change the guitar’s tone. The preferred material is old-growth wood.

The El Capitan, from Blackbird guitars, looks as good as a wooden guitar, but is made from something far more sustainable—flax linen fibers mixed with resin gathered from industrial waste. The material is called Ekoa and in many ways, it’s better than wood.