Today there are an increasing number of new age music radio
stations appearing online. People are becoming really interested in this genre and use it as background music whilst working, to meditatie to or for acompanying yoga and other therapies.
One of the most popular, and one of my personal favorite new age music radio stations online is Sky FM
New age piano music is becoming more popular each day, so much that it appears to have become a sub genre in itself. Traditionally new age music has been a peacefully monotonous and relaxing combination of synthesizer pads and rhythmic sequences under simple modal melodies. A lot of new age piano music is simply so with no other instruments. The piano uses a lot of sustain and is normally recorded with heavy reverb to give it that spacey, dreamy feel. Some new age piano music however is combined with synths and other solo instruments as accompaniment.
New Age music meditation can be a great aid to concentration. Not only can it help to center you for the meditation but the vibrations of repeated tones and droning basslines can physically help to open up your energy centers or chakras. This along with the repetitive rhythm and sequences can be almost hypnotic or trance like in nature which can greatly assist in entering a meditative state.
There are also some new age CDs that contain guided meditations with calming music in the background and a soothing voice taking you on a journey into your self, this is another common new age music meditation form.
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When searching for new age cds or relaxing music you need to be sure of what you are looking for. The term ‘new age’ now has several different meanings.
At first it refered to the relaxing and dreamy synthesizer music which was created in the 1970s by artists such as Kitaro, and to a certain extent Tangerine Dream. Now it can encompas a whole range of styles.
The most common interpretation of the genre is music which is designed to relax and open the mind. It normally contains a low bass drone, monotonous rhythmic sequences and simple modal melodies. This combination of sounds can be very relaxing and almost hypnotic in its nature.
Today you can also find many New Age CDs that are performed by solo instruments such as piano, flute or sitar.
- Liv Tyler – Arwen’s Song
- Jon Anderson & Peter Machajdík – Sadness of Flowing (part II)
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– From the motion picture the lord of the rings is this little gem from actrice liv tyler: a delicate and touching song.
July 20, 2009
– Check out what Jon Anderson is doing these days…
That’s the Jon Anderson of ‘YES’ fame.
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CD Release Date: Soon
Here are some previews of the tracks on the album
This album of beautiful and inspired new age / ambient instrumental music will transport you into far off magical realms of musical imagination.
The blending of piano and orchestral instrumentation with electronica combines exquisitely to form an intriguing yet relaxing unique style.
This album of specially prepared relaxing music might be loosely termed as new age. The mixture of electronic synthesizers with piano combined with orchestral instrumentation offer a truly unique and calming sound canvas.
The composition is far from monotonous but neither is it complicated or over indulgent. The haunting melodies and rich harmonies will take you on a mystical musical journey into the realms of your imagination.
Though this is not the typical ‘new age’ sounding ‘wallpaper’ music, it can still be great music for relaxation, for massage or for any other therapies requiring a soothing environment.