Music Composers Unite!
I feel like I'm in a time warp, but I'm new here ... new age music isn't bound by the restrictions and forms of traditional western music. The music has a trance like quality, allowing your mind to quiet itself in a hectic world - repetitive, simple, beautiful melodies with little development, few meter or dynamic changes ... am I repeating what everyone else has said? I've not looked yet ... is anyone else here?
Ok, I peeked - Ray Lynch is a strong influence in my music .... thanks for listening ....
They say art should be a mixture of light and dark; but when someone I knew in Cork, Ireland, John O'Sullivan, tried this in a new age music album, he got mixed reactions: most considered too much of a mixture of light and dark, and they wanted just happiness and light. Personally I liked the refreshing sophistication of his music, and anyway, one should never add sampled bird song as this in fact indicates birds being aggressive towards other birds, hardly new age, lol.
Recently, I composed a track for a scene out of the movie Paradise Lost; I kept on adding dark undertones into the general new age floaty-ness because I knew what was coming next; but then my teacher said I was guilty of giving away too much of the plot causing a break between movie and score, always a bad idea and Directors hate it.
Generally, it is much harder to compose good ambient new age music than you thik, because of the tendency to go too sci-fi or even into mild horror!! On the other hand, one can sound just sooo bland ...
Positive, Uplifting, Relaxing, Meditative... will be New Age music for me.