An often vague, blanket term used to describe a wide variety of music types. It is usually characterized as instrumental, electronic, and with
for audio experimentation
used to achieve
an "ethereal" or "contemplative" state. In truth, New Age music has used every
musical instrument and technique, and it is difficult to pin any one album or group into the New Age category, and some people are loath to be grouped
as New Age listeners, as the term occasionally has pejorative connotations.
The genre has become almost--and perhaps unfairly--synonymous with
the "New Age" movement and its focus on the spirit, metaphysical
holism and the environment.
The genre itself is relatively young, getting its first real
start in the 1960s and '70s with
groups like Tangerine Dream, and that
band's alumnus Klaus Schulze. Later groups and individuals that
some might classify
as New Age are Kitaro, Deuter, Mark Isham, Patrick O'Hearn, Clannad, Enya, Ray Lynch, Jean-Michel Jarre, and many