Friday 30 September 2016

Getting in tune with nature worth €565m

Published 27/11/2015 | 02:30

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Mother Nature has given the music industry a €565m shot in the arm by inspiring artists to craft songs based on the natural world.

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A Trinity College researcher says that 'Welcome to the Jungle', 'Moon River' and 'Cry Me a River' are among almost 1.4 million songs held in a 30 million-strong database which took inspiration from our ecosystems. Between 2003 and 2014, each of these songs was downloaded an average of 350 times. Dr Luca Coscieme, a post-doctoral fellow in Trinity's School of Natural Sciences, says that at €1.10 ($1.20) a pop - the average cost of an iTunes download - that adds up to €565m, or $600m.

The figure "underplays" the real contribution as the ecosystem keywords used in the analysis did not include popular species or groups of animals, such as birds. The paper is published in the journal 'Ecosystem Services'.

Irish Independent

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