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.
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........
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.......
I'm still having problems with New Age and New Wave as categories.
I would'ha called it New Age if it was one musician with a keyboard synth doing it all, back then,
but then that overall weaker approach to musicianship did lead to a style genre.
Some jazzers got a little too mellow, and got sounding New Age too.
Is mixing traditional instruments from around the world New Wave?
How come no-one's getting into Old Age music? Oooops!
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........
I don't know. If it was my bones they'd be old enough.
And please, I'm not equating classic music with Old Age music.
If the sound of the equipment for self-recording and producing product can create new style genres,
older musicians should be able to use many more styling cues, creating an Old Age genre, maybe.
Either that, or just by thinking and typing this, I'm having my first middle aged moment.
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.
Hey, GoneBaroque! I'm a graphic and sign artist, sometimes, but I never thought of what comes after New Age.
Jimi Hendrix always talked about naming something "the first rays of the new rising sun", but he never did, while he was alive.
Somehow that seems relevant to me.
New Age? New New Age, nu-New Age? post-New age? Newage? Richest New? (Bitches Brew) Uh-oh, I'm recycling.
No, that was an in-the-moment New Age homage, a self-contained musical reference.
I saw New Wave as bands using synthesizers onstage, instead of traditional instruments, even rock guitars,
and I saw New Age as one person using a synth to produce product, maybe getting a drummer to help.
A lot of people saw big hair as part of New Wave, and nature sound effects as part of New Age,
actually, big differences.
I'm what happens after New Age. I'm a symphonic-electric instrumentalist and vocalist.
Too bad there isn't a symphonic-electric stage out there I can plug into.
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.
I know what you're typing about, Corno Dolce, when you mention Violino and Violone, but they're not new age, and definitely not new new age, no matter who is playing them and when. Those musicians are cat killers, the demonic, heavy mental, stick you in the gut players. Even Paganini stood on street corners by himself, airing out his new gut strings, getting into the raunchy, violin-slinger public. Don't forget, the Italian audience thought they saw the devil appear beside him to guide his hands. That wasn't a retro-blues crossroads, just cat-gut demonic hell on stage, expensive at the time. No-one is now sure who snubbed who first, Paganini not liking royal attitudes about his street-corner riffage, snubbing them, or royals snubbing him first after finding out he challenged other violinists in public and played for free.
Yeah, imagine your whole musical career wearing itself down to the snub.