Authors:Raul Masu, Adam Pultz Melbye, John Sullivan, Alexander Refsum Jensenius
Publication or Conference Title:Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2021)
This paper addresses environmental issues around NIME research and practice. We discuss the formulation of an environmental statement for the conference as well as the initiation of a NIME Eco Wiki containing information on environmental concerns related to the creation of new musical instruments. We outline a number of these concerns and, by systematically reviewing the proceedings of all previous NIME conferences, identify a general lack of reflection on the environmental impact of the research undertaken. Finally, we propose a framework for addressing the making, testing, using, and disposal of NIMEs in the hope that sustainability may become a central concern to researchers.