Sunday, November 13, 2005

New Age Acoustic Essentials?

I don't know if I agree with all their choices, but has put together a list of what they consider essential acoustic New Age music. Here's an interesting description from their site:

In the early 1980s, a new form of acoustic instrumental music was pioneered by guitarists and pianists working for independent labels. The music featured haunting melodies at once introspective and lyrical while technically innovative and artistically substantive.

Initially dubbed "new acoustic," the music gained popularity, and by the 1990s it had grown to include everything from Celtic-flavored harp to Hawaiian slack-key harmonies to flamenco-inspired guitar styles. Acoustic instrumental is more nebulous in form than folk, breathier than traditional classical, and as warm, natural, and intimate as the simple instruments on which it's played.

Click here to see their list of New Age acoustic essentials.

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