Musical innovations that respect the environment

Musical innovations that respect the environment

A final goodbye to tropical wood

The regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Different Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ("CITES"), which entered into force on January 2, 2017, prohibits or at least hinders the sale of wood products. pink, which is the ideal material for creating instruments such as guitars, violins and marimbas, especially for making fingerboards.

Since the species protection regulation has broad effects on the sale of musical instruments, the International Music Fair (Musikmesse) focused on the issue. More than 1,900 exhibitors, from 55 different countries, showed their innovative products.

The Species Protection Treaty has been a major concern for the music industry for several years, as the use of the most popular wood, Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra), has been banned since 1992.

Only certified stocks could be traded and are already out of stock. One of the complaints from the sector is that, between the 60s and 70s, the furniture industry was guilty of the intense deforestation of the Amazon rainforest to equip the conference rooms of banks with rosewood and now all that wood is being gutted and burned.

Necessity is the mother of invention

Gunther Reinhardt is the owner of a family business and has developed a unique process, which makes native wood more stable and sonorous. In collaboration with the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, near Berlin, he worked meticulously for three years on a research project on the thermal modification of wood.

The use of such heat-altering technologies can change the color and hardness of indigenous wood, increasing vibration and thus sound quality and introduced an innovative guitar whose top panel is made of spruce, the pine fingerboard. The material is boiled and then pressed so that it shrinks to 60% of its original volume.

But that is not all. Other technologies such as digital ones were also presented, since not all musicians need an instrument to create. Innovative digital music programs and applications allow beginners to conceive and translate their own melodies and sounds.


Video: How music festivals are responding to the climate crisis. Resident Advisor (June 2021).