Butterfried Bacon wrote:A friend of mine is a professional classical music composer who hates new age music. Quite some time ago, I asked him what was wrong with new age music, pointing out that at least some of it is more interesting than something like pop or rap. For example, there are a lot of new age selections which develop and change over the course of the piece, so you're not just hearing verse, chorus, verse, chorus all the way through. I've listened to new age music for thirty years and I have a huge selection of wonderful music. I find it hard to believe that someone who hates new age music would have had the inclination to explore it to see if there's anything—anything at all—that might be likable. He said something about new age music sounding like a lie. That mystified me. I had no idea what he was talking about. Then, about a week ago, I watched an Al Jazeera interview featuring Vangelis and he also made a reference to the possibility of someone creating music that's a lie.
What in the world are they talking about?
Well, I would have considered "New Age" music to be the background soundscape for a guided meditation track or some commercial advertising a "new agey" product, never considered the idea someone would actually listen to that stuff to listen to it.
I think what your friend means is this: When I was asked for "New Age" cues for a T.V show I was working on, all I did was dial up the "Soundtrack" patch on my JX8P, routed the aftertouch to the filter, put a little more rez on it, then just played out my a** for 1:30.
There was nothing to it, I didn't need to come up with any ideas, in fact, all I had to do was make it sound like I wasn't doing anything.
Start listening to KISS again, I think when you moved on from them is when things might have started to go a little wrong.