AES London 2011
Workshop W15

Sunday, May 15, 17:00 — 18:00 (Room 4)

W15 - Green Issues and the Future of Touring Sound

Phil Anthony, Martin Audio
Catherine Langabeer, Julie's Bicycle
Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft
Andy Mead, Firefly Solar

A 2007 study by the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, commissioned by music industry “greening” body Julie’s Bicycle, found that the annual overall Greenhouse gas emissions for the UK music industry alone were approximately half a million tons of carbon. Of this total, three quarters of the impact were derived from activities associated with live music performances.

With such a large share of the UK music industry’s emissions, finding environmentally friendly solutions to the live sector’s carbon and environmental impacts is an ongoing concern—and an opportunity to get ahead of artist and audience demand, more volatile energy costs with all the knock-on impacts, and emerging regulation.

Phil Anthony from Martin Audio, manufacturers of professional audio sound products, will chair this session and will also be explaining how they reduced the carbon footprint of operating their new touring sound system. Alongside Phil, panelists from Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit company working with the creative industries to coordinate best practice in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction; Powersoft, the developers of efficient “Green Audio Power” amplifiers; and Firefly Solar, whose provision of AV equipment and solar generators aims to move the industry toward sustainable power solutions, will present information on how members of the live community are implementing green initiatives in their events, tours, and technology, many at low or no additional cost.

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