Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a manifesto and series of works addressing the need for a more sustainable model of music production.


Reduce

Digital means of production have given more people than ever before the ability to create, record and release music. Much of this music is of a low quality and forgettable.

The manifesto aims to reduce this growing pile of unwanted music by proposing a minimum five year wait between production and consumption. The objective is to force music producers to listen and reflect more on their work before releasing it, slowing down the rate of supply.

Reuse

Reusing your own and other people’s music instead of creating more ‘new’ music. The manifesto calls for music producers to reuse previously-created musical productions for new purposes, rather than creating more and more new and largely unwanted things.

Productions from the 2002 Element Of Surprise album recently reappeared on the ‘Die Mauer’ soundtrack, with tracks renamed and edited to suit their new context.

Recycle

Recycling your own and other people’s music instead of creating ‘new’ music. The manifesto calls for music producers to recycle/remix existing sounds as much as possible.

‘Recycled Music’ is an ongoing series of works, recycling and improving the cheesy demonstration songs found on low- and mid-priced synthesisers. These types of tracks are designed to show off the range, technical prowess and potential of the synth, but are often absolutely terrible.

Recycled music 1 – Yamaha QY70

Recycled music 2 – Casio MT240

Recycled music 3 – Yamaha RS7000