A new book, “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music”, will explore the impact of music on the environment

A new book titled “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music” will explore the impact of music on the environment.

The book that reveals “the environmental cost of vinyl” is written by Kyle Devine, Research Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo.

According to a press release, “Devine uncovers the hidden history of recorded music – what the recordings are made of and what happens to them when they are discarded.

“In Decomposed, Devine shows that recorded music has always been a major exploiter of natural and human resources, and that its dependence on these resources is now more problematic than ever.

In the book, which is published by MIT Press, Devine says that the manufacture of PVC in the United States in the 1970s led to illegal pollution, including “workers’ exposure to toxic fumes, the release of toxic chemicals. into the air and the discharge of toxic wastewater into sewers ”.

When he talks about online streaming, he says he is not presenting a responsible alternative because “music streaming relies on storage, processing and data transmission infrastructures that have greenhouse gas emissions. potentially higher than petrochemical plastics used in the production of more obviously physical formats. like vinyl records. To play music is to burn coal, uranium and gas.

Check out our article which explores if “our vinyl obsession can ever be environmentally friendly”.