With the variety of music magazines available in your high street you'd think there would be at least one covering new age music...
Unfortunately there isn't, and that's were the e-zines and subscription magazines come into their own. They are either artist specific, style specific or even label specific. E-zines (electronic magazines) are often mentioned on the 'net and are usually free to subscribe to (the only down side is the lack of pictures).
Many magazines are produced on a low budget. This normally doesn't take anything away from their content as they're produced by people who really care about the subject matter. It does mean that there usually isn't a lot left for advertising and so 'word of mouth' is the way they're normally spread around.
For additional reccomendations of some magazines I haven't got contact addresses for read a recent r.m.n. posting by Bill Binkelman, editor of Wind and Wire magazine.
AMBIENCE MAGAZINE | AURAL INNOVATIONS | THE DANSANT | FOLK ROOTS | HOLLOW EAR | i/e | INNERVIEWS | KINDRED SPIRIT | NEO PAGAN TIMES | NEW AGE VOICE | NEW FRONTIER | SEQUENCES | SYNTHESIS | TDNAN | WIND AND WIRE | BOOKS
After three years as a nationally distributed newsagent-distributed mag, this Australian publication is now a fully operational web site.
Its team of writers do reviews, features and retospectives on a huge range of electronic and intrumental music - from experimental techno, dub and dance on European labels like FAX and CRAMMED DISCS to ambient and "new age" music labels from the USA like Hearts Of Space, Waveform, Narada and more. Regular features also look at music technology and other related subjects.
Printed back-issues from #1 to #7 make a fab read and are still available to buy for collectors via mail-order.
Check out the new AMBIENCE web site at:
A quarterly newsletter of band profiles, reviews, and fiction with a focus on Space Rock, but also including psych, ambient, and various electronics.
Ernie Woodall has put together an avante-garde music newsletter full of information about art music.
He plans for a free newsletter of about 12 issues. If the newsletter turns out to be a pleasant experience for the reader then after the first 12 issues, he'll start to ask for subscriptions and advertising.
If you would like to obtain a copy of the latest issue send your snail mail address to TheDansant@aol.com.
This well established magazine's web site is now up and running. You'll find full details of the magazine, plus a selection of excerpts, charts, a competition, sample reviews, etc, as well as links to lots of other folk relevant web sites and newsgroups.
Hollow Ear is an extension of RootsWorld, a virtual magazine that will explore music, present artists and labels, and look into other things in the culture at large.
Briefly resurrected as a one-shot glossy hard copy, this zine having to do with electronica, trip-hop, d and b, electronic, and ambient has been forced to go webzine and is expected to launch later this summer (1998).
A music magazine devoted to some of the world's most interesting and innovative musicians. Recently posted interviews include Kit Watkins, Alain Caron (of Uzeb), David Torn and Mick Karn.
This quarterly magazine of new age ideas and ideals is the only UK high street magazine I've found that regularly reviews new age music releases. Each issue contains about four pages of reviews including contact numbers if you can't find the albums in your local record shop. For further information they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEO PAGAN TIMES
The latest edition of The Neo Pagan Times is out now at
http://www.omen.com.au/~onelife/neopag/neopag.htmland features articles and interviews on pagan rock band Legend as well as rune magic, aboriginal spirituality and much more.
NEW AGE VOICE
A regular magazine which targets and promotes radio airplay of new age and related music. They include space/ambient, celtic, electronic & acoustic instrumental, native american, and world music under the new age umbrella.
Included are playlists from over 70 radio stations and syndicated shows. Interviews with artists and news about the new age music scene.
New Age Voice is distributed to over 500 radio stations in the United States with a handful going to radio programs and distributors overseas.
For a sample copy and further info contact Pat Nugent at
New Age Voice 710 Lake View Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30308 U.S.A. Email: email@example.com
One of America's leading new age magazines is always seeking great new age music for review. Send CDs to
New Frontier Magazine 41 White Oak Rd. Arden, NC 28704 U.S.A.
You can see their reviews online at
Edited by Mick Garlick and well known in the U.K. amongst fans of electronic music. Previous issues came with a cassette (now with a cd), often featuring unreleased tracks and plenty of reviews and interviews; it's a great way of exploring new music.
Sequences doesn't just concentrate on e-music though. The numerous album reviews in each issue (CD as well as cassette only releases) have included artists as diverse as Keith Emerson and Geoff Downes to Steve Roach, Bekki Williams and r.m.n's very own Steve Verity. One interesting point is the 'retro-review' of a classic EM album. Issue 16 was of W. Carlos's 'Sonic Seasonings' written by Bob Saker.
In fact there really is much here that will satisfy new instrumental music lovers. The magazine itself is in black and white with many photo's (though the reproduction on some leaves a lot to be desired). A glossy cover, 52 packed pages and a cd make the d6.95 cover price (including p+p, overseas will vary) worth while.
For more information contact:
Mick Garlick c/o Sequences 3 Copseland Claverton Down Bath, Avon BA2 6EA England Telephone: 01225 462700
A quarterly e-mag, Synthesis is the brainchild of Jason Marcewicz and quite a slick production. For more information write to:
Synthesis 219 Napfle St Philadelphia, PA 19111 USA
The Tangerine Dream North American Network [TDNAN] serves to keep 'Dreamers' up-to-date. TDNAN publishes a quarterly newsletter with data & tidbits on TD, C. Franke, P. Haslinger, P. Baumann, J. Schmoelling, K Schulze & others.
For further info, send SASE to:
TDNAN c/o Mark Ashby 60 Victoria Lane Frostburg MD 21532 USAor email firstname.lastname@example.org
WIND AND WIRE
Currently celebrating its first year of publication Wind and Wire is a bi-monthly magazine devoted to contemporary progressive music of a primarily instrumental nature. The name signifies the magazineCs agenda of reporting on both acoustic (WIND) and electronic (WIRE) music and covers both the small label/independent artist and the mainstream/major label acts. One of its main goals is to give FundiscoveredL musicians some much needed exposure. Many subgenres are reported on, including (but not limited to) ambient, tribal, progressive electronic, world-beat, and many more.
For information about subscriptions visit
http://www.tcc-usa.com/markworth/hearye.htmOn a personal note this is the only entry in the FAQ that I, as a member of the Wind And Wire writing team, am associated with - and bloody glad I am to be too!
There are very few books on new age music so I've now included some general reference ones as well. If you know of any other titles, whether in print or not, please let me know.
MUSIC FOR INNER SPACE - Nevill Drury
'This book is about music, cosmology and meditation' and although this book is over ten years old it it still holds well as a reference book for the growth of electronic and new age music. Especially of interest is the suggested listening featuring artists like Brian Eno, Jade Warrior, TD and Klaus Schulze. It is no longer in print but I have found a distributor who has about 60 copies left. The price is d4.95 plus d1 postage and packing and is available from:
Bailey Distribution Learoyd Road Mountfield Road Industrial Estate New Romney Kent TN28 8XY England Telephone: 01797 366905
ENCICLOPEDIA DELLA MUSICA NEW AGE, ELETTRONICA, AMBIENTALE, PAN-ETNICA by Piero Scaruffi
R.M.N's very own Piero Scaruffi has written an encyclopedia of new age, electronic, ambient and ethnic music. At the moment it is only available in Italian but Piero is looking to have an english version published as well (if you know of a possible publisher please email him at email@example.com).
The book information is as follows:
ISBN: 88-7966-073-X Price: liras 48,000 (about $30) Order from publisher or any international Rizzoli bookstore: ARCANA Via Makalle' 97/1 35139 PADOVA ITALY Fax: +39-49-8713851
ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC /
ROUGH GUIDE TO JAZZ /
ROUGH GUIDE TO ROCK
The Rough Guide series of music books are readily available from most high street bookshops and music shops. Each of the above make a good reference point for anyone with a general interest in music and, with a little digging, can reveal little nuggets about artists that pop up from time to time in r.m.n.
The most fascinating and, to me, well written of the three is the Rough Guide to World Music. Just dip in to this and, even if you're not a fan of world music, I reckon it will certainly persuade you to try at least one of their recommended albums.