Music has the potential to give people a greater awareness of environmental issues as well as other social issues. Some artists, such as Lady Gaga, have hidden meanings in their music that the general public may or may not understand. Other artists are more open about their ideals. David Rovics is one of my favorite musicians because all of his songs have an environmental or political theme.
The actual production of music and how green it is varies from artist to artist. Some artists spend hours in fancy studios to make their music perfect while others, like David Rovics, just record it with a simple microphone that can be found in most computers and cell-phones these days. Fancy studios may have larger energy consumption requirements than just recording the music and leaving it with a few imperfections.
Here is a link to a David Rovics song:
With the move to DRM and the prevalence of illegal downloading, bands are now having to tour year round to make ends meet. Unfortunately we have not been able to create a realistic reproduction of a bands live setting without having to drive across the country year round with rising gas prices and other travel expenses. Also with the ongoing loudness wars that have persisted through the 21st century bass reproduction is becoming much more expensive and energy dependant. The surge in electronic laptop music such as dubstep comes with soaring levels of energy use. Overall one can conclude that music has required more energy, at least electrical energy, then ever to meet consumer demand.
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