stylistic origins: Classical, Electronic, Musicque Concrete, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, World Music, Krautrock, Avant-garde, Traditional Folk, Ambient music, Minimalism
cultural origins: Late 1960s Europe
sub-genres: 26
artists listed: 2,932
albums: 10,026
tracks: 113,186
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New Age

stylistic origins: Classical, Electronic, Musicque Concrete, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, World Music, Krautrock, Avant-garde, Traditional Folk, Ambient music, Minimalism
cultural origins: Late 1960s Europe

New Age music is peaceful music of various styles, which is intended to create inspiration, relaxation, and positive feelings, often used by listeners for yoga, massage, inspiration, relaxation, meditation, and reading as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments often associated with environmentalism and New Age Spirituality.

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.

New Age music includes both electronic forms, frequently relying on sustained pads or long sequencer-based runs, and acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and a wide variety of non-western acoustic instruments. In many cases, high-quality digitally sampled instruments are used instead of natural acoustic instruments. A vocal arrangement were initially rare in New Age music but as it evolved, vocals became more common, especially vocals featuring Sanskrit, Tibetan or Native American-influenced chants, or lyrics based on mythology such as Celtic legends or the realm of Faerie.

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