New Age or Ambient Music?

July 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Ambient Music, New Age Music

I asked this question in a previous blog post: should my music be classified as new age or ambient?  New age music has certain connotations that may not be preconceptions when listeners are offered the opportunity to listen to “ambient music,” instead.

Relax with new age or ambient music

Relax with new age or ambient music

Yes, its true that my home site, marcome.com, notes that I have been reviewed as among the best female New Age singers in the world.  But does my music fit neatly in the music genre?  Or, does “New World” speak more definitively about the musical message of my work?

Perhaps the answer is different for each of my albums, or even down to individual tracks.  My first two records, River of Soul and Seven Seas, display unique musical personalities.  Then, in Marcomé Remixed, two additional albums have been created that express different interpretations of the original songs (River of Life Remixed and Arabica Remixed).  Some tracks may inspire you to dance, while others may help you unwind at the end of a busy day.

Have you traveled the Meteora?  Consider one of my latest releases then cast a vote for the best music genre classification for my work:

New age music is described in various fashions in publications on-line, in print media and, of course, through musical releases themselves.  Wikipedia states, in part:

“The harmonies in New Age music are generally modal, consonant, or include a drone bass. The melodies are often repetitive, to create a hypnotic feeling, and sometimes recordings of nature sounds are used as an introduction to a track or throughout the piece. Songs of up to 30 minutes duration are common.”

While I invite you to relax to my songs, I hope that they do not “hypnotise” you as much as inspire you!  Unlike other types of new age music, I choose not to include recordings of natural sounds or electronics in my tracks.  Yet, there definitely are aspects of new age music that are applicable to my albums.

Would you prefer new age music or ambient music? (image courtesy of riot jane on Flickr)

Would you prefer new age music or ambient music? (image courtesy of riot jane on Flickr)

Now, contrast the “New Age” definition on Wikipedia to its description of “Ambient music“:

“Ambient music is a musical genre that focuses largely on the timbral characteristics of sounds, often organized or performed to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual” or “unobtrusive” quality. Ambient evolved from the early 20th century music of the impressionists, composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman and minimalist composers and early electronic composers of the 1960s and 1970s, to rock musician Brian Eno, who is responsible for coining the phrase ambient music in the manifesto liner notes of his 1979 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports.”

Here is another sample track of my work:

Should we come up with an entirely new music genre classification for the unique qualities of Marcomé, or would you stick with new age or ambient?

Please leave a comment!

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15 Responses to “New Age or Ambient Music?”
  1. Famous Women Singer says:

    New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. This type of music was influenced by a wide range of artists from a variety of genres. New-age music is defined more by the effect or feeling it produces rather than the instruments used in its creation; it may be electronic, acoustic, or a mixture of both.

  2. Kerem says:

    Names and labels are come and go. Good music stays forever. Either Chill out, New Age or Ambient…

  3. Anne Fulmer says:

    Not being a student of this kind of music, I would have to agree you’re not really either, given the two examples above. I would like to explore more your music and health.

    I love your voice, maybe we can come up with a new genre unique to you! ~ Anne aka/WealthOfHealth

    • marcome says:

      Tks Anne! I love a huge variety of music & I feel that I mix different styles in mine. In some ways, it needs to be labeled only for the purpose of finding it! In reality, I wish one day we’ll just say it’s Marcome’s Signature or Style! Tks for your input and if you want to preview my work, please do get the FREE SONGS on my website here. Have a soothing next hour! Marcomé

  4. barnoah says:

    { HI} The Latin original meaning of AMBIENT IS SIMPLY TO go around,exit or surronding on all sides>>[where=as “NEW=AGE]deals with an almost esoteric modern culture,including meditation,astrology &even Holistic Medicine~~the very fact of asking this question,says you are searching{as you know” I LOVE YOUR MUSIC & SOUND} iT WOULD BE A SHAME TO LIMIT you audience because of a “class=name”;;also the term “AMBIENCE” takes on the additional meaning of “CREATING A DISTINCT ATMOSPHERE” I personally describe {YOUR SOUND} AS =An Ambience of Forward leaning VOICE &Melodies that Touch your very soul .

  5. Really enjoy your Ambient Music Blog! I would like to invite you to listen my new age ambient music here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VqhcLcQqBQ

  6. Glen Darcey says:

    I think New Age describes your music very well. When I think of ‘ambient’ music I believe most think of more electronic atmospheric music. Ambient tends to be less melodic less rhythmic and more about the textures of sound than what I hear in your music. Your music has much more of a melodic base to it. My music is typically labeled ambient http://www.myspace.com/glendarcey

    hope that helps,

    best regards,
    Glen

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