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Bioplastic discs could help decarbonize the music industry, developer says


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LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A sugar-based alternative to vinyl could help decarbonize the music industry, its developer says.

UK-based Evolution Music says its bioplastic can be used to create records and aims to make it easy for labels and artists to stop using plastic without changing factories’ existing machinery or production processes. disc pressing.

Evolution Music’s acting CEO, Marc Carey, said sonically and in terms of equalization, the music recorded on the bioplastic discs is “absolutely perfect”.

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“[In] the intro bit and between the tracks there is some surface noise. If you like that, if you’re a 70s fan, you like that little crackle, great,” he said, adding that they’re still developing the product.

“We have a unique recipe, but we are a (research and development) company – we will continue with R&D iterations to improve it,” he said.

Recording artists will want to switch to bioplastics for their physical products, according to a co-founder of Music Declares Emergency (MDE), a music industry climate action campaign group that started with a statement from nearly 3,000 artists ranging from Napalm Death to Julian. Lloyd Webber.

“Vinyl production is toxic in many ways and there are all kinds of processes that harm the environment, but we love vinyl. What’s the solution? Find a non-toxic way to do it. Hey, presto, we have it here,” said Lewis Jamieson, co-founder of MDE.

Vinyl record sales have grown over the past decade despite popularity and instant access to digital media and easy-to-use streaming sites such as Google and Spotify.

Richer sound, cover art, and the ability to cradle a vinyl record in the hands contribute to the growing emotional appeal of LPs.

“The music industry, the creative arts, should be at the forefront of innovation…and generally, cultural change is what affects political and social change,” Carey said.

The first record made with Evolution’s bioplastic was pressed at Press On Vinyl, a record manufacturer in Middlesbrough. It presents a piece by the electronic duo Bicep.

Carey said he believes that once a major artist or band chooses to use bioplastic instead of vinyl, the industry will never be the same.

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Reporting by Stuart McDill, Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Aurora Ellis

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