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Living With Green Music

Living With Green Music

Green-leaning musicians have been on the forefront of the environmental movement since its inception. From staging benefit concerts, to converting tour buses to biodiesel fuel, to creating solar recording studios, creative eco-conscious musicians have been reducing their impact on the planet.

My son is a musician, and I’ve been trying to infuse eco-friendly elements into the space where he plays music. I find when I design a living space it’s best to go back to green basics – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce
Music is sound, and it is impossible to avoid sound that is generated from instruments. Since sound is reflected off room surfaces, creating “soft” walls can help reduce the sound. By putting up wall hangings or an insulating wall for sound absorption, you can also prevent reverberation. Recording studios install acoustical foam to provide complete soundproofing. There are a number of eco-friendly commercial options for soundproofing walls that use recycled cotton and wool fibers. Audimute sells eco-friendly soundproofing absorption panels and wall sheets. Check out Care2’s soundproofing tips here.

Reuse
My son changes the strings of his many guitars often. Guitar strings are a common sight in our trash. I was so excited to find these ingenious ideas for reusing guitar strings on the EcoMaker website. From hanging family photos to making a cheese slicer, guitar strings can be given new lives. EcoMaker also suggests donating strings to a charity such as, “The Second String Project that gives guitar strings to needy musicians all around the world.”

Recycle
Recycled old vinyl records can be upcycled into room décor. This clock made from records is a great way to use warped or unusable records. I was recently in Woodstock, NY in a second-hand store with my cousin going through boxes and boxes of old records in search of cool old album covers to create a record album headboard for her teenage son’s room. My homemade CD cover picture frames made from discarded CD cases completed the rock and roll theme.

Photo Credit: econesting

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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4:24PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

They are more sensible and sensitive in an environmentally emphatic way? Guess it depends on the genre?

5:46AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

Thanks for reminding of my old guitar. I may stat playing it again and reuse the strings that may brake in other projects.

1:45AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

Nice music

4:09PM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

Some great ideas here! Very easy to personalize and save money as well.

7:29AM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

The string-recycling ideas are great! I've also found they make great cat toys, bass strings work best as they're easier to grip and 'springier'. This assumes your cat likes batting at dangly things. Oh, the cat gets the end with the little brass ring...

1:47AM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

Love the ideas!

3:40AM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

Interesting post. Good to know that there are eco-friendly materials available now for soundproofing. Recently I came across an eco-friendly product called EcoRock drywall for soundproofing, and it looks great!

11:02AM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

The musically conscious are a lot of times the eco-conscious. I love the idea to donate the guitar strings - will start doing that.

5:42AM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

thanks for the post.

4:06PM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

Thanks

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