Campus Sustainability Grant Projects: Trash Music

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. But for Ciyadh Wells, one person’s trash is another’s music. Wells’ Campus Sustainability Grant project, titled Trash Music, is challenging musicians and composers to think outside the box about what music is and how it can be created. “I really want people to think broadly but simply about what trash means and what music means,” Wells said. “Someone was like hey, what if we take an empty chip bag and rub it between our hands, is that trash music? And I said oh, yeah.” Wells was inspired to start this project by the zero-waste, low-impact movement. The project is meant to draw attention to how materials can be reused and repurposed to create something new and useful. “As a musician, I was wondering what else I could do in the sustainability movement that would also tie in my love of music,” Wells said. Trash music is bringing together composers, builders, and artists from the University of Georgia and Athens communities. Their efforts will culminate in a Trash Music performance in April.
“I really want people to think broadly but simply about what trash means and what music means.” – Ciyadh Wells
Wells hopes the project and performance will get people, especially musicians, thinking about being mindful of the Earth. “I hope that it’s getting people to think deeper about our natural resources and how we use those as they become more scarce,” Wells said. Written by Jordan Meaker