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New Age Music


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This presentation gives a brief insight into New Age Music.

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New Age Music

  2. 2. WHAT IS NEW AGE MUSIC? A genre of music intended to create: • Artistic Inspiration • Relaxation • Optimism.
  3. 3. WHAT IS IT USED FOR? • Yoga • Massage • Meditation • Reading as a method of stress management • To create a peaceful atmosphere in their home
  4. 4. HOW IS IT MADE? • Electronic forms • Sustained synth pads or long sequencer-based runs • Acoustic forms It features instruments like • Flutes • Piano • Acoustic Guitar • Non-Western Acoustic Instruments
  5. 5. HOW IS IT MADE? • Vocal arrangements were initially rare Now it features • Native American • Sanskrit • Tibetan-influenced chants • lyrics based on mythology such as Celtic legends.
  6. 6. WHERE DID IT COME FROM? • A religious or spiritual movement that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. • The movement is characterized by a holistic view of the cosmos, a belief in an emergent Age of Aquarius • Emphasizes on self-spirituality and the authority of the self, a focus on healing (particularly with alternative therapies), a belief in channeling, and an adoption of a "New Age science"
  7. 7. WHERE DID IT COME FROM? • After the political turmoil of the 1960s, many activists in North America and Europe became disillusioned revolutionary political ideologies. • Some began searching for a new system that gave special weight to consciousness, ecology, personal and spiritual development, community empowerment, and global unity
  8. 8. HOW DID IT EVOLVE? Pioneers included • Pink Floyd • Brian Eno • Kitaro
  9. 9. HOW DID IT EVOLVE • On Valentine's Day in 1987, Los Angeles rock radio station KMET changed to a full-time new-age-music format with new call letters KTWV, branded as The Wave • Management told the station employees to refer to The Wave as a "mood service" rather than a "radio station".
  10. 10. HOW DID IT EVOLVE • DJs stopped announcing the titles of the songs to maintain an uninterrupted mood, • Listeners had to call a 1-800 phone number to find out what song was playing. • News breaks were re-branded and referred to as "wave breaks".
  11. 11. HOW DID IT EVOLVE • Most major cable television networks launched new age channels like "Soundscapes" on Music Choice. • By 1989, there were over 150 small independent record labels releasing new-age music • New-age music was carried on hundreds of commercial and college radio stations in the U.S., • Over 40 distributors were selling new-age music through mail-order catalogs.
  12. 12. SUB GENRES • Neoclassical New Age • Space Music • Andean New Age
  13. 13. FUSION GENRES • Celtic Fusion