by Dave Segal
on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM
The LA Times recently ran a worthwhile trend piece by former Stranger freelancer Andy Beta about the resurgence of interest in and impact of new-age music among and on hip, youngish musicians. Thesis statement:
Despite its association with crystals, color therapy, holistic medicine, incense, lucid dreaming and chakra manipulation, New Age music — once resigned to the dollar bins of record stores and the vitamin section of health food stores — has somehow entered into the misty echelon of coolness.
Beta makes some solid points, but this feature seems to be coming a bit late, as new age began accruing hipster cred at least a few years ago (right, Mr. Baxter?). However, if Beta's article lures virgin ears to the works of crucial composers and instrumentalists like Terry Riley, Paul Horn, Deuter, Manuel Göttsching, J.D. Emmanuel, and Edward Larry Gordon (aka Laraaji), his work will not have been in vain.