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Frederik Magle
Sep-30-2004, 23:26
My impression is that new age was very big in the 80's and beginning of the 90's, with artists like Jean Michelle Jarre drawing crowds in the millions to gigantic concert events, but that the interest somewhat dwindled during the late 90's. So my question is: where is new age music today? who are the potentially great new artists that will lead the new age genre in the years to come and where is the genre itself going? Will the great days ever come back? can they? and should they...?

A lot of questions... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif but I'd like to hear some opinions (and information) on this subject.

hitsware
Oct-02-2004, 19:45
I think Yanni is exemplary of todays new age stuff. Certainly the most visible with his lavish tours.
..........mike

theMusicMan
Oct-03-2004, 01:32
Sure, but what about Global Communication and their superb Pentamerous Metamorhposis, or Stalker by Robert Rich and Brian Lustmord... fantastic examples of two differing ambient types.

Dark Ambient - wonderful, industrial, echo, reverb..
General Ambient - lush pads, band pass filter effects, sweeping soundscapes

All great music.

hitsware
Oct-03-2004, 06:45
>Sure, but what about Global Communication and their superb Pentamerous Metamorhposis, or Stalker by Robert Rich and Brian Lustmord...

Never heard of the above..............<|:^))

theMusicMan
Oct-03-2004, 11:40
I'd certainly suggest trying to get hold of some of their stuff - in my opinion, it really sets the standard for the Ambient génre.

Here's (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/g/global-communication/pentamerous-metamorphosis.shtml) a review of one of their brilliant albums. I think the more we spread the word about this rare breed of group and their unique style, the better... try to have a listen somehow yeah...

J

hitsware
Oct-04-2004, 04:59
>I'd certainly suggest trying to get hold of some of their stuff

At present my only 'sources' are computer and FM tuner ...
Are they available on either ?

theMusicMan
Oct-06-2004, 11:50
Hi hitsware

You can regularly listen to Global Communications on the Internet radio stations: RadioIOAmbient or SomaFM's DroneZone.

There are also many more Ambient/New Age groups and musicians featured 24/7 on these stations.

How fast is your internet connection? You may struggle with dial up...!

EDIT UPDATE: I read that SomaFM is currently experiencing capacity issues. There 24K and 56K streams are regularly interrupted and you may not be able to listen to these for a few days while they sort the issues. I suppose that this news is received with somewhat mixed feelings by SomaFM. On the one hand, they must be pleased that capacity is being reached, but on the other - they need funding to secure more powerful and faster stream servers.

KYL4ever
Jun-05-2006, 14:16
I like Yanni's music so much . My friends introduced his music to me . At the beginning , it's so difficult 4 me to understand . However , day and day passed , I understanded more and more . His music maked me like listening to classical music !!!

Cain
Feb-11-2007, 18:28
Jean Micheal Jarre is certainly a name from the past for me. Nothing at all to do with new age although to be honest I don't really move in these circles at the moment. Jarre I think did have the opportunity to become a well known great artist but his music became more of the same in my opinion. Once you have introduced a new music style people keep expecting new upon new and he was destined to fail on that account.
I see he is still producing albums but his popularity is nowhere near waht it was in the late 80's early 90's

Progger58
Jun-14-2007, 22:32
where is new age music today? who are the potentially great new artists that will lead the new age genre in the years to come and where is the genre itself going? Will the great days ever come back? can they? and should they...?

I think contemporary New Age / Electronica / Ambient are very well represented by some great names such as these:

- DAVID ARKENSTONE
- CUSCO
- AMETHYSTIUM
- ROBERT RICH
- STEVE ROACH
- JONN SERRIE
- ULRICH SCHNAUSS

Among several others that don't come to mind at the moment. :cool:

At the same time, some big names from the 80's/90's keep giving us awesome new stuff over the years. For example: CONSTANCE DEMBY, KITARO and VANGELIS.

Cheers,
Demetrio.

daivanati
Aug-19-2007, 22:54
I think it has it's place - there's a lot of great new age/ambient music. I love the new stuff coming out of [promo deleted] in Sante Fe.

And Deuter just put out a new album. Gotta love Deuter. :)

methodistgirl
Aug-27-2007, 18:05
You probably don't know Skaven or future crew from Finland. The
master behind their music including Bejeweled 1&2 is Peter Hajba.
He does new age music with Alexis' theme. You can only find this
guy on the net with his own websight. Some of his music can be
haunting! So, look him up!
judy tooley;)

Violinschlüssel
Sep-13-2007, 20:09
I got to know New Age music thanks to Patrick O'Hearn's score for Roger Donaldson's movie White Sands. I found it so fascinating and evocative of images I didn't even know I could see through my mind's eye. Afterwards, I learnt that O'Hearn wasn't a regular score composer (meaning that his real field was New Age music composing and that he had stepped into the score field not so many times as I had expected). The funny thing is that I find him a better score composer (albeit with New Age hints) than a New Age music composer only. I'm not sure if I have been able to make my opinion and meaning clear enough. Well, to cut a long post short (:grin:), I'd say that, incidentally, Patrick O'Hearn is a great New Age music composer, especially when he composes for films.
I know that Vangelis is considered a great composer as far as this music field goes, but, again, I cannot appreciate his style and his sounds. I love some of his scores (Antarctica, 1492 Conquest of Paradise), but I don't actually consider him such a great New Age composer. With all the due respect for his fans! :)

jnbammer
Oct-24-2007, 23:57
I have recently heard some beatmakers making the transition from Hip Hop/Rap to New Age. The combination of influences is amazing, and the sound produced fresh and inspiring. I think the future of New Age relies in attracting more young artists from a variety of influences.

daivanati
Nov-17-2007, 20:34
I just got a copy of Love & Peace by Lisa Lynne and George Tortorelli. It’s such a beautiful mixture of the celtic harp and the bamboo flute…very ancient sounding, but also peaceful and tranquil. I guess this would be the traditional new age sound today. I like it.

musicalis
Nov-17-2007, 22:28
Hi
I have been a fan of Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis Sometimes I remeber theses years and try to make some music in the same style.
I am not sure it can be called new age, but may be you will like it.
"Cathedral" http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img313a.mp3
or "Planaterium" http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img285a.mp3
or "Placenta " http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img280a.mp3
or "Tektron" http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/mg286a.mp3
Friendly
J-Paul

Corno Dolce
Nov-17-2007, 23:18
Hi musicalis,

When I clicked on the link for Cathedral I got the message: La page...n'est pas accessible.

Cheers,

Corno Dolce

musicalis
Nov-17-2007, 23:39
You are right, all links were wrong as I wrote ":img313a.mp3" rather than "/img313a.mp3".
Now it should be correct. Sorry.
http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img313a.mp3
http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img285a.mp3
http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/mg280a.mp3
http://musicalis.monespace.net/autres/img286a.mp3

adonallme
Apr-21-2008, 01:18
I think Constance Demby is excellent, as is Robert Rich and Terry Riley. They have a good following of fans. I think the music is very sensorical to my ears. I made that word up by the way. I have experienced alot of sensory pleasure from these artists. It goes beyond listening.

Contratrombone64
Apr-21-2008, 01:28
My impression is that new age was very big in the 80's and beginning of the 90's, with artists like Jean Michelle Jarre drawing crowds in the millions to gigantic concert events, but that the interest somewhat dwindled during the late 90's. So my question is: where is new age music today? who are the potentially great new artists that will lead the new age genre in the years to come and where is the genre itself going? Will the great days ever come back? can they? and should they...?

A lot of questions... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif but I'd like to hear some opinions (and information) on this subject.

Ah Fred, the life of musical styles is fleeting. They waft and whither on blamy breezes, coming in and out of focus restlessly. Such is the fate of New Age music. I guess.

adonallme
Apr-21-2008, 01:40
Every day is new age music, another day aged and another new music found. Music does not fade or waft away, only people do.

Corno Dolce
Apr-21-2008, 02:35
Hello RADM CT64,

Bravo dear sir for your retort - you so presciently assessed New Age Music for what it is: "It wafts and withers on balmy breezes, coming in and out of focus restlessly".

What a profound statement!!! I'm keeping it as a memento. If one compares New Age Music and the music of JSBach, New Age would be like the grass that shoots up in the Spring and grows tall but then turning brown and wilting away whilst the music of JSBach is like a tall and mighty mountain that is impervious to the elements and stands as a beacon for millenia and ages unto ages. While the West gives up on its cultural patrimony ergo, the music of JSBach and other great composers, the Asians are lapping it up like mother's milk.

Cheers,

VADM Corno Dolce :tiphat::tiphat::tiphat::tiphat:

Contratrombone64
Apr-21-2008, 04:05
I personally find new age music total crap, but didn't want to be overtly blunt, hence my use of metaphor...

methodistgirl
Apr-21-2008, 06:18
You guys, if you want to hear some good new age. Listen to some of
our native american chants with the sound of nature in the background.
judy tooley

Contratrombone64
Apr-21-2008, 06:46
I'll pass thanks.

methodistgirl
Apr-21-2008, 06:49
Try it Contra. You have heard the song Kum Bya have you?
judy tooley

MasochisticParadox
Oct-17-2011, 02:12
:mad:
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhUiS2bzPk4&feature=feedf)

MasochisticParadox
Oct-17-2011, 22:24
Check out my first demo, if you like electronic music.

http://www.unsignedbandweb.com/music/bands/16480/


Peace y'all!!

Corno Dolce
Oct-25-2011, 19:40
Wow, first there is a frowning smilie for a first posting, then a small opening up........Hey there, don't be shy - We're family here that encourages budding artisans in different genres - Please check out the many different fora and sub-fora - You might find some who share your interests........

Corno Dolce
Oct-25-2011, 19:47
I used to listen to quite a bit of Jarre and now I view him as an exponent of "Synth Pop". New Age, for me, is George Winston and Enya. Man, this thread is a blast from the past - Honestly, I don't know where its going, if anywhere........Maybe its because of my passion for hard-drive post-bop modal harmony a la McCoy Tyner.......

Corno Dolce
Nov-11-2011, 07:38
Old-Age music???????? Why then does Bach's music continue to draw people from so many disparate nations, cultures, lifestyles, and income groups, especially since he lived from 1685-1750???????? His music is Timeless........

teddy
Nov-11-2011, 09:15
I sat and banged two bones together the other day. Is that old enough?

teddy

GoneBaroque
Nov-11-2011, 21:00
Would the music which followed the original New Age be New New Age? Personally I have never understood the term. Most of what I have heard, which is not much sounded like music looking for a place to go.

GoneBaroque
Nov-18-2011, 21:00
symphonic-electric instrumentalist and vocalist -verrry interesting.

Corno Dolce
Nov-18-2011, 21:30
Duckmeister,

Yeah - Thats ancient enough - Btw, whose old bones???

For me, new age means getting reacquainted with instrumental ensembles from the Middle Ages and ending with JSBach. I recently heard a concert with 16 Viols used in a performance of The Art of Fugue. The instruments were gut-strung and each had seven strings - from Violino to Violone, the Violone could sound a Contrabass C @ 16' - Wow, what a sweetly smooth sound and it filled the room very nicely during the performance.

teddy
Nov-24-2011, 14:38
Sounds like quite an event CD

teddy

Corno Dolce
Nov-24-2011, 17:40
Hi John Watt,

Ah, ummm, cat killers? Methinks not........Its the intestinal material of Sheep. You can't use cat-gut strings very successfully in very hot and/or humid weather - The strings begin fraying very quickly. Besides, its a whole other playing style. My experience with cat-gut strings on my Double Bass is that the sound is much mellower and softer. I'll gladly play Bach's music with cat-gut strings.

Also, I don't equate Viols with New Age. I do notice that musicians who want another sound for contemporary music for classical instruments will gladly associate it with New Age.

Antiquarian
Feb-18-2015, 05:29
New Age music was (I guess in some ways, as it has evolved, it still is) an expression of the whole New Age counterculture that flourished during the early eighties to the late nineties. This was the Era of Thatcher and Reagan, the culture of gross materialism "Greed is Good". New Age music was originally used as a meditative aid, and the producers, such as Deuter and Ray Lynch, we're inspired by gurus such as Gurdjieff and communes such as the Advaitayana Buddhist Communion. People were looking for something unconnected to the commercialism of Popular music, and early labels (Windham Hill, Celestial Harmonies, Living Music to name just a few) were eager to supply it. Unfortunately, as the years passed, New Age music became commercialized, and the artists, who ostensibly were in it for peace, free love, and harmony soon were pressured to produce music that was inoffensive, jazzy, and had a broad appeal. In the late 1980s and early 90's suddenly there was a glut of this on the market, and like any market that distances itself from its core constituency, it collapsed. New Age folded into and incorporated itself into two existing distinct subgenres, Jazz and Ambient, and New Age as a distinct musical category faded away to the fringe. At least that's what I think... and I think I've said enough. Probably the best resource if you are interested in the whole New Age musical movement is The New Age Music Guide : Profiles and Recordings of 500 top New Age Musicians by Patti Jean Birosik (Collier, 1989).

JHC
Feb-20-2015, 06:19
A lot of composers have lost the skill of writing a good melody which is one of the basics for any genre of music.
I refuse to sit through a two hour concert of music that is lacking in the basics.

Boot
Apr-04-2016, 09:22
A lot of composers have lost the skill of writing a good melody which is one of the basics for any genre of music.
I refuse to sit through a two hour concert of music that is lacking in the basics.

And I certainly wouldn't want to stand.