Category Archives: Music

The MIchigandered Marimba

A short documentary in sustainable Michigan Marimba Craftsmanship, featuring the music of Michigan artists and the work of Michigan luthier and marimba craftsman Matt Kazmierski. Watch the video on Vimeo.

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Music


A Song of Our Warming Planet

Read the full post and watch the video at Ensia.

When faced with the challenge of sharing the latest climate change discoveries, scientists often rely on data graphics and technical illustrations. University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford came up with a completely different approach. He’s using his cello to communicate the latest climate science through music.

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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Climate change, Music, Video


Music gives attention to environment issues

Read the full story at Fourth Estate.

UW-Green Bay students and faculty joined in efforts to enforce daily environmentally friendly practices. Compartmentalized garbage bins, hydration stations and a charge for plastic bags at the Corner Store are just a couple of things being done to promote a green campus.

At the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts March 1, the UWGB Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble showed their support for the environmentally conscious curriculum. UWGB Director of Bands, Kevin Collins, conducted a performance that not only displayed musical talent, but it embodied the concept of keeping the environment unpolluted.

The creative theme for the concert was “Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.” It made connections with the university’s environmental viewpoints and recycled old music to new.

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Colleges and universities, Music


Sustainability: The Journal of Record Call for Papers on the Creative Arts in Sustainability Programs

Manuscript Deadline: March 22, 2013

“Art is the principal way in which the human mind has tried to remake the world in a way that makes sense.” —J.G. Ballard

Sustainability: The Journal of Record is looking for research-based manuscripts, case studies, and commentaries on how creative arts are being used in sustainability programs within academia and the private sector.

In order to achieve the goals of the sustainability framework—while sparking activism and cultural change—many programs are turning to the creative arts. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, the premier journal and central forum on sustainability issues, is seeking submissions on this important topic.

We welcome submissions from professors, administrators, faculty, and students; from advocates, partners, and policymakers at the local, state, and national level; and from private sector partners working in a creative art medium to support sustainability programs and goals.

Items to consider:

  • Research/survey-based articles for peer review
  • Case studies and program profiles on creative arts-focused initiatives within the sustainability framework
  • Commentaries on the topic
  • High-resolution photographs are welcome

For more information on manuscript submission, see our Author’s page and to view a free sample issue, visit our website and click on Sample Content.

For questions, thoughts, or for further information, contact us via e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and to your active participation in the Journal.

Advantages of submitting to Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Rapid peer review • Fast track article publication • Open access options • Readership in over 140 countries • Outstanding editorial board and reputation of journal • In Collaboration with AASHE • Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBiology; Scopus; Geobase; CAB Abstracts; Sustainability Science Abstracts; GreenFILE


Climate science comes alive as art

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

A collaborative effort pulls video gamers, music professors, multimedia designers and polar researchers together to make climate science approachable.
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Art, Climate change, Music


Minnesota folk rocker/scholar studies environmental music, plays it too

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Folk rocker and scholar Mark Pedelty plays music to better understand how it influences environmental attitudes. The front man for the Minneapolis-based Hypoxic Punks, Pedelty explains the potential music has to inspire and motivate.
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Music


Energy efficiency personified

Read the full post at SmartPlanet.

Every now and then I go off-piste here on SmartPlanet’s energy blog and bring you something slightly different – but still somehow energy related.

Today is Monday, the tulips and daffodils are in bloom, and for the last week couple of weeks I’ve been winding our heads around nuclear reactions, global tensions and rare earth minerals.

So this morning seems like the perfect occasion to take a little breather on the metaphorical side. Feast your eyes and ears on young Norwegian classical musician Tine Thing Helseth (pronounced tin-eh ting hel-set) as she cooly and flawlessly delivers Hummel’s high energy 1804 trumpet concerto in the video below.

Effortlessness personified. Effective wind power, I suppose. It’s the sort of energy-in and energy-out equation we need in modern electricity generation and in locomotion.

Apologies to anyone who thinks we’ve just, er, wasted our energy and used our time inefficiently with this slight diversion. We’ll be back to splitting atoms and that sort of thing by tomorrow.

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Music


Circuit of life: New Illinois law aims to boost electronic waste recycling

Read the full story at Medill Reports. The reporter interviewed a Chicago musician who uses e-waste to build homemade instruments.

Local electronic recycling businesses have been processing ever-larger numbers of computers, cell phones and other devices in recent years and a new state law that went into effect Jan. 1 will further propel their growth. The industry’s corporate clients will now be required to recycle a wider variety of products and will face harsher fines for noncompliance.

Rapidly growing sales of consumer electronics in the U.S. have produced equally swollen amounts of electronic waste. Americans purchased 440 million electronic devices, including computer hard drives, monitors and printers, in 2010, more than 500 times the number bought in 1990.


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