There are a number of newsgroups devoted to specific styles of music that are related, mildly or otherwise, to rec.music.newage:
alt.exotic-music alt.emusic alt.gothic alt.music.techno alt.music.world alt.music.makers.theremin alt.music.makers.electronic rec.music.ambient rec.music.celtic rec.music.industrialWhile the following newsgroups are more specific to artists:
alt.fan.peter.hammill alt.fan.laurie.anderson alt.fan.yanni alt.music.enigma-dcd-etc alt.music.enya alt.music.orb alt.music.brian-eno alt.music.lor-mckennit alt.music.w-carlos
Mailing lists are more specific in their discussions then most newsgroups and are a lot easier to set up. If there is a mailing list about a favourite musician all you need to do to join fellow fans is subscribe to it. This normally involves sending email to a mailing list server with a message along the lines of:
Subscribe yourmusicalhero youremailaddress Note: Don't put anything in the subject line as this usually confuses the mailserver.
If it is a popular mailing list there may be a digest version available. This is were the days messages are combined into one email file before being sent out.
The complete List Of Musical Mailing Lists, originally maintained by Myra Wong, has recently been re-vamped and is now looked after by Mitchel Waas:
THE AFTERTOUCH CAFE | AMBIENT | SUZANNE CIANI | COCTEAU TWINS | DJEMBE-L | ENIGMA | BRIAN ENO | GLOBE-L | GOLDEN TRIANGLE | MICHAEL HEDGES | INCREDIBLE STRING BAND | JADE WARRIOR | JEAN-MICHEL JARRE | EDDIE JOBSON | ADRIAN LEGG | ORBITAL | TERJE RYPDAL | SPACE MUSIC | TANGERINE DREAM | DAVID TORN | VANGELIS | YANNI
A meeting place for anyone and everyone interested in independent music. Every music category and style and every person or organization that is independent music oriented is welcome.
Talk about the music you love and the artists you appreciate. Even talk TO and WITH the artists of which many participate in this list. As a music connoisseur this is your chance to actively participate in the music-making process. Support independent music, you'll be happy you do.
If you have a passion for independent music or you would like to learn about some absolutely wonderful new musical discoveries, join us in the AfterTouch-Cafe. It's a neat experience.
To add your name to the AfterTouch-Cafe mail list, simply send the message subscribe aftertouch cafe to email@example.com
The AfterTouch Cafe is sponsored by the Creative Musicians Coalition.
AMBIENT: The Ambient Music Mailing List
For info about the list send the message info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To subscribe to the list send the message subscribe to either of the following
Brian Kuhl has set up an unofficial mailing list for fans of Suzanne Ciani. If you want to sign up just send your name and e-mail address to CianiNexus@juno.com
This mailing list has been created with the intention of sharing information for CT enthusiasts, and members are encouraged to share whatever CT-related information that they may like.
To subscribe to the Cocteau Twins list, send the message subscribe jwgrote_cocteau to email@example.com.
Due to some software idiosyncracies you MUST type the jwgrote part of the list name (it's not a typo). You will receive a welcome message from the server and a list of commands for unsubscribing from the list.
After that you can direct all of your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org in order for them to be reflected to the other list members.
The mailing list is administered by email@example.com and any inquiries/problems/suggestions should be directed to that address.
A very active group specializing in African drumming. To join, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following message subscribe djembe-l [your name here].
This mailing list is for the discussion of Enigma, Michael Cretu and related artists such as Sandra, Deep Forest, and Delerium. It exists for discussions about the people, the music, the products, and is the best source of information for anything and everything to do with Enigma and related artists!
To join send the message subscribe enigma <email address> to Majordomo@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au or send the message subscribe enigma-digest <email address> to the same address for the digest version.
The Brian Eno mailing list is called Nerve_net and is administered by Alexander Rubli. For details mail Alexander at Rubli@Noc.Pue.Udlap.Mx
An electronic discussion group about world music which welcomes subscribers who are radio DJ's, listeners, performers, record company people, reviewers, and anyone else who enjoys world music, including both traditional and world fusion genres.
To join GLOBE-L send the message subscribe globe-l [your name here] to email@example.com.
A mailing list for fans of Progressive-Electronic EMusic whose focus is about the music and artists who work in this unique realm. "Our first priority is to support those who are rooted in the sound of classic-era Tangerine Dream and other such EMusic first-generation masters, and are taking this well-loved sound into the future."
Guitarist extraordinaire and one of the original Windham Hill artists his mailing list is available by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message subscribe Taproot.
INCREDIBLE STRING BAND
One of the original new age groups? Email Michael at email@example.com for further info or to be put on the mailing list.
The Jade Warrior mailing list has been set up to provide the group's fans with a place to share information, news, stories, and ideas for projects. The list is open to all and members have access to the list archives, which contain a complete discography of Jade Warrior's albums, a history of the group, and back issues of the mailing-list digest.
For information on how to join the Jade Warrior mailing list, send the message info jade-warrior to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mailing list for all JMJ fans is at jarre email@example.com Just send them e-mail with either subscribe jarre youremailaddress or subscribe jarre digest youremailaddress in the message area.
Although there isn't mailing list there is a Dutch fanclub for this versatile artist. Don't be put off by the address... the fanzine is in English!
For more info write to:
Milly Kusmic Morel 117 5401 LC Uden Telephone/Fax: +31 413 251092
If you want to get on guitarist Adrian's mailing list, just e-mail your name and address to JHberger@aol.com.
The subject of much discussion recently along the "how do they do it live" thread. This is apparently a very friendly list with many people willing to answer your queries. Send the message subscribe orbital to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Norwegian guitarist/composer Terje Rypdal has been involved with many genres of music, from pop to rock to jazz to fusion to new age to contemporary classical (he is an important and successful composer in Norway). His distinctive guitar style (legato, sustained effects-laden wailing over complex meandering harmonies) has been a direct influence on guitarists such as John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Andy Summers, David Torn, and Steve Tibbetts. His music, albeit extremely diverse, is always characterized by emotionally intense virtuosity meshed with invariably beautiful and complex compositions.
If you would be interested in joining the Terje Rypdal email news/discussion list, please contact Jeff Gower at email@example.com and a welcome package plus compilations of recent postings will be mailed to you.
Subscribe to the space music list for plenty of talk about all aspects of space music. Send the message subscribe to either of the following:
To subscribe to the TADREAM list, send either subscribe tadream or subscribe tadream-digest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Door X is the David Torn mailing list. To subscribe, e-mail Peter Cole, mailing list moderator, at email@example.com.
The Vangelis mailing list is up and working again! Subscribe by sending the message subscribe youremailaddress DIRECT to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This list has grown significantly to well over 200 yannifans. It's quite active and they do have a digest version of the list.
To subscribe send either subscribe yannifans or subscribe yannifans-digest to email@example.com