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New-age music


    The New-age music genre is generally harmonious, downtempo and calming. It’s a conjoined genre with both classical and electronic elements. New-age music relies on pads and a slow beat[1]. Acoustical instruments are frequently used, especially non-western instruments such as pan flutes, percussions and even environmental sounds of jungle, air etcetera.  The genre was born from meditational practices, used for creating an inner calm, to handle stress and to inspire. New-age music is often associated with the New Age Movement, which is a western spiritual movement. [2]


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    New-age music is influenced musically by classical and jazz. It is inspired by that state of consciousness people had towards music, an emotional and mystical connection, we had in the past. New-age music has given new life to music from medieval Europe, Japanese classical music etcetera, which is also considered as World Music. Some subgenres include: Space Music, Neoclasscial.




    Slow tempo, usually lots of ambience, somewhat simplistic beat, New Age has a tendency to be very open in its sound. The genre uses electronic pads that lie in the background, while various acoustical instruments from different cultures around the world do the melody. Acoustical instruments such as grand piano, flute, guitar, various Asian and Latin instruments. It’s no rarity that a song is introduced with nature sounds, accompanied by pads. Other characteristics are for instance the spiritual side to the sound. New Age is used frequently for meditational use, to establish a sense of inner peace and relaxation. [3]





    In the late 1960's, New-age music developed into a genre of its own. Inspired by many various genres like World music, Folk music, ambient music, etcetera. In the late 1970’s Brian Eno experimented his style and sound. His experimental style is said to have a significant impact on the genre's development during 1970’s. New Age is a genre that is constantly growing, ever since it was born. With its growing popularity, a definition of the genre varies, depending on where the music comes from, for example whether its South America or India. Due to television and radio programs, New Age gained popularity in the 1980’s and early 90’s. The television programs featured visuals of footage of nature along with the music[4]. All throughout history, New Age music hasn’t lost its core: the focus on creating an inner calm.

    List of New Age Artists


    ·      Enya [5]

    ·      Vangelis [6]

    ·      Brain Eno [7]



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    Since you've written the article in English I suppose I'll keep it that way.
    I'll start with the things you could change. While your use of the language is captivating and makes it easy to follow, there are a few sentences that you could adjust. For example this sentence:
    "[...]do the melody."
    You could swap 'do' for 'play', which would be more descriptive.
    There's also a very long sentence in the 'History'-part which could be split into two sentences.
    Maybe you could also add some details to your references, but it seems like you've found reliable and relevant sources.

    Go through it again and adjust those small errors, and this will be very good. I like your language and it feels like the information is relevant. Well written!
    Posted 00:13, 11 Feb 2014
    Helt OK att skriva på engelska. Du beskriver kort och koncist vad new age är, dess historia och relevanta artister. Innehållet är bra, men kanske det är lite för kort. Man kunde utveckla historian lite mer, dra lite paralleller till andra genrer, livsstil etc. Lite stavfel här och där har du också. Annars bra!
    Posted 02:23, 12 Feb 2014
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