You’ve probably heard of chill music, ambient music, and world music. But what about space music? The term isn’t as “out there,” as you might believe! In fact, it is quickly becoming recognized as a sub-genre of new age music.
Even though space music is more often described as a feeling, or a mood evoked from listening, perhaps its not surprising to hear that its often played at planetariums and in film soundtracks.
As described on Wikipedia:
“Space music ranges from simple to complex sonic textures, often (though not exclusively) lacking conventional melodic, rhythmic, or vocal components, typically evoking a “continuum of spatial imagery and emotion”,beneficial introspection, attentiveness for deep listening, subtle trance effects called “spacey”, (defined by the Compact Oxford Dictionary as “drifting and ethereal”) and psychoacoustic spatial perceptions, particularly, sensations of flying, floating, cruising, gliding, or hovering.”
Do you know Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Robert Rich, Aphex Twins? Outside of its creators and fans, “ambient music” is often thought of as mere background music (for example, meditation or yoga). In a worst case scenario, some people may bring to mind elevator Muzak when considering the meaning of ambient music. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Ambient music is in the now but of course, it’s all a matter of tastes.
So, what is ambient music?
The term ambient, connotes more than a background or backdrop. It literally means “to surround,” from the Latin word, “ambire.” Read more